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(b Valenciennes, 29 Dec. 1695; d Paris, 25 July 1736). French painter, the only pupil of Watteau (a fellow native of Valenciennes), with whom he had a somewhat touchy relationship. An unlikely legend has it that Watteau dismissed him from his studio (c.1713) because he thought he was a threat to his own pre-eminence; whatever the reason for their differences, they were reconciled soon before Watteau's death.

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