Nicolas de Largilliere (1656-1746)
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Nicolas de Largilliere was an influential French academic portrait painter. Scholars believe that he painted nearly 2000 portraits, a massive accomplishment for any artist. He was born in Paris and trained in Antwerp and later set up a studio in London with Sir Peter Lely.
De Largilliere specialized in portraits of non-aristocratic individuals, including writers, philosophers and musicians, although he did paint for the nobility as well. He became the director of the Academie Royale in 1686, and trained important later painters such as Jean-Baptiste Oudry.
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