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(b Paris, 26 Feb. 1606; d Paris, 29 Dec. 1656). French painter. He produced religious and mythological scenes, portraits, and landscapes and also made engravings. His earlier work owed much to Primaticcio and the Fontainebleau schools, but from about 1638 his style became more classical, under the influence of Nicolas Poussin and then of Philippe de Champaigne. The Birth of Bacchus (1638, Hermitage, St Petersburg) is a good example of his work—obviously indebted to Poussin, but showing a certain individuality in the soft and romantic treatment of the landscape.

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

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