Famous 16th Century French Artists & Painters

Find out more about the greatest 16th Century French Painters, including Nicolas Poussin, Georges de La Tour, Simon Vouet, François Clouet and Jean Clouet.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite French

 1 Nicolas Poussin

Nicolas Poussin.
5
Famous As: French Painter
Birthdate: June 15, 1594
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Near Les Andelys, Normandy, Kingdom of France (now France)
Died: November 19, 1665

The founder of the French Classical tradition, painter Nicolas Poussin was initially influenced by Venetian art but later deviated to antiquity. Most of his paintings showcased historical, mythological, biblical elements but some were also inspired by landscapes and poetry. The Death of the Virgin remains one of his best-known works.

 2 Georges de La Tour

Georges de La Tour.
3
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 13, 1593
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vic-sur-Seille
Died: January 30, 1652
Recommended Lists:

 3 François Clouet

François Clouet.
3
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1515 AD
Birthplace: Tours, France
Died: September 22, 1572

 4 Simon Vouet

Simon Vouet.
2
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 9, 1590
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
Died: June 30, 1649

 5 Jean Clouet

Jean Clouet.
2
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: 1541 AD

 6 Bernard Palissy

Bernard Palissy
2
Famous As: French potter and scientist
Birthdate: 1510 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 1589 AD

 7 Jan Gossart

Jan Gossart
2
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1478 AD
Birthplace: Maubeuge, France
Died: October 1, 1532
You May Like

 8 Isaac Oliver

Isaac Oliver
2
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1565 AD
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: October 2, 1617

 9 Jean Goujon

Jean Goujon
2
Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1510 AD
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: 1565 AD

Jean Goujon was a French architect and sculptor who served under Henry II of France in the 1540s. Goujon's style influenced several artists of the School of Fontainebleau and also had an impact on the decorative arts. Some of his most popular works include Fountain of the Innocents and allegories on the facade of the Louvre.

 10 Christophe Plantin

Christophe Plantin
2
Famous As: Printer
Birthdate: 1520 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: July 1, 1589

 11 Pierre Lescot

Pierre Lescot
2
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 12 François Dubois

François Dubois
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 13 Germain Pilon

Germain Pilon
1
Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 3, 1590

 14 Trophime Bigot

Trophime Bigot
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 15 Antoine Caron

Antoine Caron
1
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1521 AD
Birthplace: Beauvais, France
Died: 1599 AD

 16 Jean Bourdichon

Jean Bourdichon
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 17 Jean Hey

Jean Hey
1
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1475 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1505 AD

 18 Jean Bullant

Jean Bullant
1
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: 1515 AD
Birthplace: Amiens, France
Died: October 13, 1578

Jean Bullant was a French sculptor and architect best remembered for designing and building the tombs of influential personalities like Henri II, Anne, Duke of Montmorency, and Catherine de' Medici. Bullant also worked on some of the most important and iconic structures like the Tuileries Palace, the Château d'Écouen, and the Louvre Museum.

 19 Jean Duvet

Jean Duvet
1
Famous As: Goldsmith
Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: 1562 AD

 20 Jean Cousin the Elder

Jean Cousin the Elder
1
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Sens, France
Died: 1593 AD

 21 Esther Inglis

Esther Inglis
1
Famous As: Artisan
Birthdate: 1571 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 1624 AD

 22 Jean Perréal

Jean Perréal
1
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1530 AD

Jean Perréal was a French portraitist who worked for French Royalty during the 16th century. A multi-talented personality, Jean Perréal was also a sculptor, architect, and limner of illuminated manuscripts. During his successful career, Jean Perréal worked for prominent and influential personalities like King Charles VIII, Charles of Bourbon, Francis I, and Louis XII. He also designed tombs and medals.

 23 Toussaint Dubreuil

Toussaint Dubreuil
1
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 24 Jean Cousin the Younger

Jean Cousin the Younger
3
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1522 AD
Birthplace: Sens, France
Died: 1595 AD

 25 Michel Colombe

Michel Colombe
0
Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1430 AD
Birthplace: Bourges, France
Died: 1513 AD

 26 Léonard Limousin

Léonard Limousin
0
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1505 AD
Birthplace: Limoges, France
Died: 1577 AD

 27 Jean Mone

Jean Mone
0
Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Metz, France
Died: 1548 AD

 28 Toutin, Jean

Toutin, Jean
0
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1578 AD
Birthplace: Châteaudun, France
Died: June 14, 1644