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.