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Pierre was a French painter, printmaker, draughtsman and administrator.
He became academician in 1742 and director of the Académie in 1778. He
was the First Painter to the Duke of Orléans and in 1770 to the King,
replacing Boucher. He was director of the Gobelins, the Musée des
Gobelins has many tapestries made after his cartoons.
painted a number of rustic genre scenes and was an occasional designer
of vases and picture frames, he was principally active as a painter of
large-scale history and religious works. In this aspect of his output he
forms a link in the 18th-century tradition of French history painting
that runs from Jean Jouvenet to the Neo-classicism of Jacques-Louis
Pierre is represented in the following collections: The Louvre,
Paris; Prado Museum, Madrid; Courtauld Institute of Art, London;
Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New
York; Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts; Dallas Museum of
Art, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Indianapolis Museum of
Art, Indiana, amongst others.
Sphinx Fine Art,
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