Nicolas de Largillière

Born in Paris, but raised in Antwerp, Nicolas de Largillière (1656 -1746) was trained in the Flemish style of renowned painters Rubens and Van Dych and became one of the foremost Rocco portraitists of the late 17th and early 18th century. His long, largely portraitist career coincided with a growing upper middle class that sought to be painted to reflect its lofty class status. Largillière painted with a richness in style that endeared him to his subjects emphasizing their sumptuous worn fabrics, curled wigs, and luxurious objects around which their surrounded themselves.
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