(b Paris, 14 Dec. 1727; d Paris, 21 Oct. 1775). French portrait painter. He trained under Boucher (among others) and became a rival to Nattier as a fashionable portraitist. His portraits have a gracious and artificial charm and at their best bear comparison with those of Boucher. He was particularly successful with children, but his best-known painting is probably the very grand portrait of Mme de Pompadour in the National Gallery, London (1763–4), completed after the sitter's death.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)