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Jean-Marc Nattier

1685 - 1766

Nattier was one of the leading portrait painters of the reign of Louis XV. He became a member of the Academy in 1718 and established a reputation for his portraits of women. Best known are his representations of the daughters of Louis XV, to whom he was official painter. His son-in-law, Louis Tocqué, perpetuated his style.

Nattier was born in Paris and trained by his father and probably by his godfather, Jean Jouvenet. In his early years he was occupied with the preparation of engravings and assisted his father and brother with the plates for the Marie de Médici cycle by Rubens in the Luxembourg Palace.