Lancret entered the studio of the academic painter Pierre Dulin (1669-1748) before 1708 . In 1712 he moved to the studio of Claude Gillot (1673-1722), where he was trained until 1718 and made friends with his fellow student Antoine Watteau (1684-1721).
He became a member of the Paris Academy in 1719 and a councilor in 1735. He painted a lot of pictures: gallant festivities, balls, fairs, village weddings, which closely follow Watteau's manner and also show the same Arcadian shepherd figures, mostly borrowed from the theater.
They are carried out more carefully, but less ingeniously and lively. Lancret also did not have such a fine feeling for nature. His landscapes are conventional and have an untrue blue-green mood. Its overall tone is colder and chalkier than Watteau's. The Louvre owns four paintings by him, depicting the seasons, the lovebirds and the bird's nest. 26 of his paintings are in the royal palaces of Berlin and Potsdam. Much has been engraved after his work.
National Gallery, London
- Lady and Gentlem with Two Girls and a Servant 1742, oil on canvas, 89 × 98 cm, National Gallery, London
Wallace Collection, London
- Mademoiselle de Camargo at the Dance 1730, oil on canvas, 42 × 55 cm, Wallace Collection, London
- Festival in the Woods 1720–25, oil on canvas, 64 × 91 cm Wallace Collection, London
Schloss Sanssouci , Potsdam
- Country dance
- Breakfast in the forest
- Embarkation for Cythera
- The banquet ended
- Dance outdoors
- The dance at the Pegasus fountain
- The bird cage The bird cage Oil on canvas, 44 × 48 cm Alte Pinakothek, Munich
- Society in the Park Society in the Park Oil on canvas, 64.5 × 69.5 cm Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
- Lunch Party 1735, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- The Swing Oil on canvas, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- Winter 1738, oil on canvas, 69 × 89 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris
- Philip Hendy: The National Gallery London . Thames & Hudson, London 1975, ISBN 0-500-18006-7 .
- Mary T. Holmes (Ed.): Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743) . Abrams, New York 1991, ISBN 0-8109-3559-7 (book accompanying the exhibition of the same name).
- Christoph Martin Vogtherr : French paintings I: Watteau • Pater • Lancret • Lajoüe . 2011. ISBN 978-3-05-004652-5 . Inventory catalogs of the art collections
- Georges Wildenstein : Lancret. Biography et catalog critiques . Les Beaux-Arts, Paris 1924.
- Works by Nicolas Lancret at Zeno.org .
- Literature by and about Nicolas Lancret in the catalog of the German National Library
- Works by and about Nicolas Lancret in the German Digital Library
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||French painter|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 22, 1690|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Paris , France|
|DATE OF DEATH||September 14, 1743|
|Place of death||Paris , France|