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(b Tournus, 21 Aug. 1725; d Paris, 21 Mar. 1805). French painter. He had a great success at the 1755 Salon with a group of paintings including Father Reading the Bible to his Children (Louvre, Paris) and he went on to win enormous popularity with similar sentimental and melodramatic genre scenes. His work was praised by Diderot as ‘morality in paint’ and as representing the highest ideal of painting in his day.

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