(1754–1829). French neoclassical painter. As a child he accompanied his teacher Jean Bardin (1732–1809) to Rome where he met Mengs and his circle. On his return to Paris in 1773 he was taught by Vien, winning the Prix de Rome in 1776 and returning to Italy for several years. His style was flexible, changing to suit his subject matter, from the elegantly classical Education of Achilles (1783; Paris, Louvre) to the Descent from the Cross (1789; Paris, Louvre), with its reminiscences of Jouvenet and Restout, and The Three Graces (before 1799; Paris, Louvre), which recalls the mannerism of the Fontainebleau School. In the latter part of his long career he was a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, teaching Guérin among others.
From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.