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(b Perpignan, 18 July 1659; d Paris, 29 Dec. 1743). French portrait painter, the friend and rival of Largillière. He began his career in Montpellier and settled in Paris in 1681. His reputation was established in 1688 with a portrait (now lost) of Monsieur, Louis XIV's brother, and he became the outstanding court painter of the latter part of Louis's reign, retaining his popularity after the king's death.

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