(b Paris, 16 June, 1735; d Paris, 14 Sept. 1784).
French painter. His output included portraits and historical subjects, but he is best known for his domestic genre scenes, which have something of the tranquil beauty of Chardin and also something of the sentimentality of Greuze (The Reading Lesson, c.1774, Wallace Coll., London). His father François-Bernard (1698–1755) was an engraver and writer on art. In 1737 he was appointed secretary and official historian of the Académie Royale and he played an important role in its administration.