François Lemoyne

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Francois Lemoyne
Born 1688
Paris, France
Died June 4, 1737
Nationality French
Field Painting
Training Académie de peinture et de sculpture
Movement rococo
Narcisse (1728)
Time Saving Truth from Falsehood and Envy (1737) Completed on the day before the artist’s suicide.

François Lemoyne or François Le Moine (1688 – 4 June 1737) was a French rococo painter. He became First Painter to the King and worked with other artists of the era. However, the excess of work, court intrigues at Versailles, and the death of his wife drove him to madness. He committed suicide in Paris in 1737 by stabbing himself seven times, six months after finishing the ceiling painting "The Apotheosis of Hercules" in the Hercules Room in the Great Apartment of the King. With his death, the fashion of large allegorical ceilings disappeared.

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References[change | edit source]

  • Cours sur la peinture du XVIIIe, 2006, Université Nancy 2
  • Xavier Salmon : François Lemoyne à Versailles, Gourcuff, Paris 2001, ISBN 2-909838-57-9