The Cover Section Editor: M.
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
His master, the Neoclassicist painter Jacques Louis David,
of France's most famous names; his own is barely known. The fame
Cochereau (1793-1817) rests on a single painting. Completed when
he was 20
and exhibited at the Salon of 1814, the painting shows him and
students at work in David's studio. Instead of relying on the
models of the
ancients and painting from plaster casts, as was customary, they
the live model. The atelier is in effect a laboratory; by means
of their own
observations—from life—they apply what they have
learned in didactic
lectures. They are much like students of medicine who, if they
are to learn
the art of medicine, must observe the live patient.
Southgate MT. The Interior of David's Studio at the Collège des
Paris 1814. JAMA. 2000;284(9):1065. doi:10.1001/jama.284.9.1065