Jean-Pierre Norblin de La Gourdaine

Jean-Pierre Norblin de La Gourdaine, 15 July 1745 – 23 February 1830

(in Polish: Jan Piotr Norblin)

Jean-Pierre Norblin de La Gourdaine was a French-born painter, draughtsman, engraver, drawing artist and caricaturist. From 1774 to 1804 he resided in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, where he obtained citizenship.

He is considered one of the most important painters of the Polish Enlightenment. His success in Poland was enormous, with great commissions from the finest families, especially the Czartoryskis for whom he worked as a court painter and tutor to their children. He did not return to Paris until early in the nineteenth century. His style showed the influence of Antoine Watteau, and combined the Rococo tradition of charming fêtes galantes and fêtes champêtres with a panorama of daily life and current political events, captured with journalistic accuracy.


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