(1695 - 1736)
Jean-Baptiste Pater was active/lived in France. JeanBaptiste Pater is known for figure, portrait and genre painting-festivals.
A French Rococo painter known particularly for his depictions of female
figures and peasant festivities, Jean-Baptiste Pater was much
influenced by another French painter, Jean-Antoine Watteau. Pater
first studied with an artist in his hometown of Valenciennes and also
with his own father, who was a sculptor. Then he worked with
Watteau in Paris, but left him after several years because of what was
perceived as Watteau's bad temper.
Pater returned to Valenciennes, but in 1718 was back in Paris, where he
reconciled with Watteau and had commissions. It was written that
"Watteau gave the last days of his life to Pater and worked with him"
(Getty), and Pater later said that this period with Watteau was the
most influential period of his artistic development.
In 1728, Pater was elected to the Académie Royale. Indicative of
his being recognized was the fact that Frederick the Great sat for two
portraits and also was a buyer of his paintings. Apparently Pater
was never a content person as he constantly worried about money.