Bérain Jean senior, 1637 – 1711

French painter, printmaker, draftsman, one of the leading masters of French decorative art of the late XVII - early XVIII century. Born in Saint-Michel (Lorraine). In his youth he moved to Paris. In 1663 and in 1667 published a collection of engraved drawings. Since the 1670's he worked as a painter-decorator. In 1674 received the title of Royal...

French painter, printmaker, draftsman, one of the leading masters of French decorative art of the late XVII - early XVIII century. Born in Saint-Michel (Lorraine). In his youth he moved to Paris. In 1663 and in 1667 published a collection of engraved drawings. Since the 1670's he worked as a painter-decorator. In 1674 received the title of Royal draftsman. He decorated the court holidays, made drawings of architectural decoration and jewelry. Since 1680 he participated in the creation of theatrical scenery and costumes for operas and ballets of the court. A number of motifs that developed in the artist's creation, became decisive in the ornamentation of his next period. The works are presented in the Louvre, Versailles Palace, the National Museum of Sweden (Stockholm) and in private collections.

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