Carle Van Loo Biography | Oil Paintings.

2-15-1705 Nice, FRA – 7-15-1765 Paris, FRA

Van Loo, Carle

Carle-André van Loo was the son of the painter Louis-Abraham van Loo, a younger brother of Jean-Baptiste van Loo and grandson of Jacob van Loo. Van Loo at the age of seven in 1712, after the death of his father, followed his older brother Jean-Baptiste to Turin, and then to Rome, where he studied under Benedetto Luti and the sculptor Pierre Legros.

After leaving Italy in 1723 at the age of eighteen, he studied at the Académie Royale. He received the first prize for a historical painting in 1727, as did his future rival François Boucher. He arrived in Rome in 1728, where his work was noticed by Cardinal Melchior de Polignac, the French ambassador, who helped Van Loo secure a state pension and important church commissions. In 1732 he visited Turin and was asked by King Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia to stay and he painted a series of subjects illustrative of the poet Torquato Tasso.

In 1734 Carle-André van Loo settled in Paris, and the following year became a member of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture and quickly rose in the academy's hierarchy. He was appointed the governor of the École des Éleves Protégés in 1749, rector of the Academy in 1754, and director of the Academy in 1763. He was decorated with the Order of Saint Michael in 1751 and named Premier peintre du Roi (First painter to the King) King Louis XV of France in 1762.

His study of the great Italian masters resulted in a straightforward style and with correct designs, he did much to purify the modern French school. Although sometimes critical of his compositions, Madame de Pompadour and the French court lavished their patronage upon him.

Art Movement: Rococo Art.
Artists Influencing Carle-André van Loo: Benedetto Luti, Pierre Legros.
He Traveled To Italy.
Painters Carle-André van Loo Influenced: Gabriel-François Doyen, Louis Jean François Lagrenée, Nicolas-Bernard. Lépicié
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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