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(b Aix-en-Provence, 7 Dec. 1775; d Malvalat, nr. Aix, 21 Nov. 1849). French painter and museum official. Granet was a pupil of J.-L. David and subsequently spent the years 1802–19 in Rome (he returned to Italy several times thereafter). He made a speciality of sombre tonal effects and changing light in dimly lit interiors, his pictures recalling 17th-century Dutch interiors rather than expressing the Neoclassical tradition in which he was trained.

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