Louis Galloche
French, 1670-1761

Louis Galloche, who painted classical, mythological, and religious subjects, excelled most in his depictions of nature. In fact, as a professor at the Académie in Paris, he was known for his then-unconventional practice of taking his pupils to the countryside to paint en plein air. His many students included François Lemoyne and François Boucher. Galloche was a pupil of Louis Boullogne the Younger, though is considered today to be the last principal upholder of the classical traditions of Charles Le Brun. He was known for his use of realistic figures, vibrant color, and veristic light. A rector and chancellor, Galloche received many commissions from churches and monasteries, including an infamous series produced with Louis de Silvestre depicting the life of St. Benedict.

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