(1850?–1913), French author, illustrator, and portrait painter educated at the École des Beaux-Arts. Boutet de Monvel is known for the lavish pageantry in his self-illustrated Jeanne d’Arc (1895; English trans., Joan of Arc, 1897, 1980), and for his skill in capturing the essence of childhood, as in Anatole France's Nos enfants (1886; English trans., Our Children). He began working as an illustrator with a French history book, La France en zig- zag (1878), and this led to a commission for illustrating the French version of the American magazine, St. Nicholas. Prior to this task, he had not drawn or painted many children, but he was soon in great demand as a painter of child portraits.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.