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(b Paris, 17 Mar. 1685; d Paris, 7 Nov. 1766). French portrait painter. His father, Marc (c.1642–1705), was a painter and his mother, Marie (née Courtois) (c.1655–1703), was a miniaturist. He was one of the most successful artists at the court of Louis XV, excelling in the vogue for painting women in mythological or allegorical fancy dress—or undress—transforming his sitters into goddesses (Mlle de Lambesc as Minerva, 1732, Louvre, Paris).

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