Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre
French, 1714-1789
Collected by a major museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

What some historians believed was an inconsistency in Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre’s painting, others believed was a demonstration of the artist’s flexibility with genre and style. Pierre incorporated Rococo, Romantic, and early Neoclassical aesthetics in his works, which often combined solemnity and levity. His oeuvre included religious scenes, mythology, allegory, and rustic country scenes. As a court painter for the Duke of Orléans, and successor of François Boucher’s place as the king’s first painter, Pierre was principally active as a large-scale history painter and well-received in the French Academy. Pierre also occasionally designed vases and picture frames, and authored many prints. Tapestries were sometimes made from his cartoons.

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