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(b Tours, 19 May 1593; d Paris, 10 May 1670). French painter, active chiefly in Paris. His highly eclectic style was formed mainly in Italy, where he worked c.1616–c.1622, and his openness to very diverse influences was later fuelled by his activities as a picture dealer. Paradoxically, in view of his varied sources of inspiration, his style is the most distinctive of any French painter of his generation—highly coloured and often bizarrely expressive.

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