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Lived/Active: France      Known for: painting, furniture design

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Charles Le Brun was the son of a sculptor and is said to have made sketches in his cradle. He was born in Paris, France on February 24, 1619. When he was not yet fifteen, he won the patronage of the chancellor who later sent him to Rome to study with the expatriate classicist Poussin. When he returned to France he helped organize the Royal Academy, became its rector and began to tighten his grip on the new generation of painters and decorators. Louis XIV granted Le Brun the articles of nobility in 1662 and put him in charge of redecorating the Louvre. He spent a decade designing the Hall of Mirrors and the Galleries of War and Peace, planning the garden statuary and constructing the stairways. Among other things he found time to follow the royal retinue on military campaigns abroad.

Le Brun's artistic dictatorship was centered in the workshops of the Gobelins, where he directed the manufacture of tapestries and furniture, sculpture, mosaics, wood inlay, etc. Seldom has a single man so completely shaped the look of his age. His best paintings were perfectly drawn but he was also a consummate portraitist. By the time he was seventy, the romantic rebellion against Le Brun's classicism had already begun.

Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

Sources include:
Time Magazine, August 23, 1963
From the internet, WebMuseum, Paris

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