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Loo, Charles André, Called Carle van

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Loo, Charles André, Called Carle van

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French, 18th century, male.

Born 15 February 1705, in Nice; died 15 July 1765, in Paris.

Painter, pastellist, engraver, draughtsman. History painting, religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits, genre scenes.

At the death of his father Louis van Loo, Carle was only just seven; he went to live with his brother Jean Baptiste, who brought him up and educated him. Carle accompanied him on his travels. He was nine when they arrived in Rome, where he was given a position with Benedetto Lutti. Carle then worked for the sculptor Gros, where he learnt to sculpt in wood and stone. In 1719, he followed the courses at the Académie Royale in Paris and in 1723 won first prize for drawing. By this time, he was already helping his brother, sketching his pictures and painting the drapes and accessories. He also worked on the restoration of pictures at Fontainebleau and was employed to paint stage decorations for the Opera. In 1724, he won the Prix de Rome for painting....

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Subjects: Painting ; Prints and Printmaking ; Religious Art ; Christian Art ; 18th-Century Art

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