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(b Paris, 22 Jan. 1690; d Paris, 14 Sept. 1743). French painter. He studied under Claude Gillot, who slightly earlier had taught Watteau, and he became a great admirer of Watteau's work, imitating the style and themes he had made popular. In 1719 he was received into the Académie Royale in Paris as a painter of fêtes galantes—a category that had been created especially for Watteau only two years earlier.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)