Nicolas Lancret

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Nicolas Lancret: Self-Portrait , circa 1720
The Moulinet

Nicolas Lancret (born January 22, 1690 in Paris , † September 14, 1743 there ) was a French painter. His work can be ascribed to the Rococo .

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

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

Different museums

  • 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


Web links

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