This famous painter, engraver and pastelliste, was born of parents who
found refuge in Geneva at the time of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV. He was a great
traveller. After studying in
France, he went to live in Greece and in Constantinople where he adopted the
oriental style of dress.
to Geneva in 1758, the whole Genevan aristocracy chased him to paint their
portraits. This admirer of Chardin has left behind him, charming landscapes,
portraits, still lives, etc.
particularly well known for his pastels, such as “The chocolate-seller and the
paragon” (La Chocolatière et le parangon).
The Empress Marie-Thérèse of Austria commissioned him to produce a
group portrait of her children