(b Nice, 15 Feb. 1705; d Paris, 15 July 1765). French painter of Flemish descent, the most illustrious member of a family of artists. He won the Prix de Rome in 1724 (he was in Italy 1727–34) and enjoyed a career of unbroken success, ending his life as first painter to the king (1762) and director of the Académie Royale (1763). Industrious and versatile, he was primarily a history painter but also produced works in several other genres, including portraits, landscapes, and hunting scenes.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)