Charles LeBrun (1619-1690), french historical painter whose
ornate, baroque style dominated french art for two generations.
Born in Paris, he attracted the notice of a
patron, who placed him at the age of eleven in the studio of Simon Vouet. At
fifteen he received commissions from Cardinal Richelieu. By 1648, LeBrun founded the Academy of
Painting and Sculpture.
In his treatise, Méthode pour apprendre à dessiner les passions
(1698), LeBrun promoted the expression of the emotions in painting. It had
much influence on 18th-century art theory.