Nicolas de Largillière

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Largillière, Nicolas de


Baptized Oct. 10, 1656, in Paris; died there Mar. 20, 1746. French painter.

Largillière studied in Antwerp and in London with P. Lely from 1674. He worked in France from 1678. Influenced by P. P. Rubens, Largillière’s work anticipated the rococo. He painted idealized, opulent scenes of the Parisian aristocracy and bourgeoisie—for example, Session of the Parisian Town Council in 1687 (study, Hermitage, in Leningrad). But his intimate portraits subtly reveal his models’ individual characteristics—for example, Voltaire, (c. 1718, Musée Carnavale, in Paris). Largillière also did still lifes and historical and religious works. His mature paintings are noted for a vivid and refined palette.


Smith, J. (van Rensselaer). Nicolas Largillière: A Painter of the Régence. Minneapolis, 1964.
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And don't miss 'Masterpieces of French Art' at Franck Baulme Fine Arts (8-30 September), which includes portraits by masters such as Nicolas de Largilliere and Hyacinthe Rigaud.
Um homem de Ornans, um campones fechado em seu caixao se permite reunir no seu enterro uma multidao consideravel: camponeses, pessoas de baixo nivel social, e se da, a esse enterro, a importancia que Largilliere tinha o direito de dar a magistrados que iam a missa do Espirito Santo.
Another painting dating from that early period, the portrait of the author of the "Caracteres" La Bruyere, 1775, no dimensions given, Musee de Versailles displays the influence of Nicolas de Largilliere, 1656-1746, and Hyacinthe Rigaud, 1659-1743, who had also painted portraits of that personality.
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Several passing academicians, including La Tour, saw his canvases and persuaded him to seek membership of the Academie Royale de Peinture, which was granted with applause, particularly from Nicolas de Largilliere, an admirer of Dutch still-life painting; although granted only in the lower rank assigned to painters of still-life and genre.
1730) by Nicolas de Largilliere, a familiar at Versailles, who, in 1709 had painted Louis XIV and his family.
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