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.

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Nicolas Poussin
(French Painter)

Nicolas Poussin
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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.

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Georges de La Tour
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Birthdate: March 13, 1593
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vic-sur-Seille
Died: January 30, 1652

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François Clouet
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Birthdate: 1515 AD
Birthplace: Tours, France
Died: September 22, 1572
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Bernard Palissy
(French potter and scientist)

Bernard Palissy
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Birthdate: 1510 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 1589 AD

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Jean Clouet
(Painter)

Jean Clouet
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Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: 1541 AD

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Jan Gossart
(Painter)

Jan Gossart
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Birthdate: 1478 AD
Birthplace: Maubeuge, France
Died: October 1, 1532

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Isaac Oliver
(Painter)

Isaac Oliver
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Birthdate: 1565 AD
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: October 2, 1617
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Jean Goujon
(Sculptor)

Jean Goujon
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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.

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Christophe Plantin
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Birthdate: 1520 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: July 1, 1589

Pierre Lescot
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

François Dubois
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Germain Pilon
(Sculptor)

Germain Pilon
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Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 3, 1590

Trophime Bigot
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

Jean Bourdichon
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

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Antoine Caron
(Painter)

Antoine Caron
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Birthdate: 1521 AD
Birthplace: Beauvais, France
Died: 1599 AD

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Jean Hey
(Painter)

Jean Hey
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Birthdate: 1475 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1505 AD

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Jean Bullant
(Architect)

Jean Bullant
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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.

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Jean Duvet
(Goldsmith)

Jean Duvet
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Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: 1562 AD

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Jean Cousin the Elder
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Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Sens, France
Died: 1593 AD

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Esther Inglis
(Artisan)

Esther Inglis
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Birthdate: 1571 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 1624 AD

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Jean Perréal
(Architect)

Jean Perréal
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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.

Toussaint Dubreuil
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

Jean Cousin the Younger
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Birthdate: 1522 AD
Birthplace: Sens, France
Died: 1595 AD

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Michel Colombe
(Sculptor)

Michel Colombe
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Birthdate: 1430 AD
Birthplace: Bourges, France
Died: 1513 AD

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Léonard Limousin
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Birthdate: 1505 AD
Birthplace: Limoges, France
Died: 1577 AD

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Jean Mone
(Sculptor)

Jean Mone
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Birthdate: 1500 AD
Birthplace: Metz, France
Died: 1548 AD

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Toutin, Jean
(Artist)

Toutin, Jean
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Birthdate: 1578 AD
Birthplace: Châteaudun, France
Died: June 14, 1644