Famous 18th Century French Artists & Painters

Find out more about the greatest 18th Century French Painters, including Jacques-Louis David, Eugène Delacroix, Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, John James Audubon and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

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 1 Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 30, 1748
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 29, 1825

Jacques-Louis David was a French painter. Widely regarded as the greatest painter of the Neoclassical era, David's works had a strong influence in France in the early-19th century. His works are often linked to the birth of Romanticism. Many of his pupils, such as Antoine-Jean Gros and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, went on to become successful and popular painters.

 2 Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 29, 1780
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montauban, France
Died: January 14, 1867
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 3 Marie Tussaud

Marie Tussaud
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Famous As: Visual Artist, Wax Sculptor
Birthdate: December 7, 1761
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: April 16, 1850

Marie Tussaud was a French artist and sculptor best remembered for her wax sculptures. She founded Madame Tussauds, a wax museum, in London in 1835. The museum is a major tourist attraction today. As a young girl, she learned wax modeling from doctor cum wax modeler Philippe Curtius. In the ensuing years, she became a prominent sculptor.

 4 Jean-Honore Fragonard

Jean-Honore Fragonard
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 5, 1732
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Grasse, France
Died: August 22, 1806

 5 Joseph Ducreux

Joseph Ducreux
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 26, 1735
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nancy
Died: July 24, 1802

 6 François Boucher

François Boucher
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 29, 1703
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 30, 1770

 7 Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun

Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 16, 1755
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 30, 1842
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 8 Tarrare

Tarrare
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Famous As: Showman
Birthdate: 1772 AD
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: 1798 AD

 9 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 2, 1699
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 6, 1779

 10 Paul Delaroche

Paul Delaroche
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Famous As: Painter, Artist
Birthdate: July 17, 1797
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris
Died: November 4, 1856

 11 Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Jean-Baptiste Greuze
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 21, 1725
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tournus, France
Died: March 4, 1805

 12 Antoine-Jean Gros

Antoine-Jean Gros
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 16, 1771
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 25, 1835

 13 Hubert Robert

Hubert Robert
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 22, 1733
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15, 1808

 14 Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 11, 1749
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 24, 1803

 15 Jean-Antoine Houdon

Jean-Antoine Houdon
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: March 20, 1741
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: July 20, 1828

Jean-Antoine Houdon was a French sculptor best remembered for his statues and portrait busts of philosophers, political figures, and inventors. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his sculptures were used as a reference for imprinting portraits of prominent personalities on various U.S. postage stamps.

 16 Charlotte de Rothschild

Charlotte de Rothschild
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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: May 6, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 20, 1899

 17 Maurice Quentin de La Tour

Maurice Quentin de La Tour
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: September 5, 1704
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin, France
Died: February 17, 1788

 18 Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 29, 1767
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montargis, France
Died: December 9, 1824

 19 Philip James de Loutherbourg

Philip James de Loutherbourg
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 31, 1740
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Strasbourg
Died: March 11, 1812

 20 Louis-Léopold Boilly

Louis-Léopold Boilly
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 5, 1761
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Bassée, France
Died: January 4, 1845

 21 Pierre-Paul Prud'hon

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 4, 1758
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Abbaye de Cluny, Cluny, France
Died: February 16, 1823

 22 Jean-Marc Nattier

Jean-Marc Nattier
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 17, 1685
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 7, 1766

 23 Merry-Joseph Blondel

Merry-Joseph Blondel
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 24 François-Thomas Germain

François-Thomas Germain
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Famous As: Silversmith
Birthdate: April 17, 1726
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 23, 1791

François-Thomas Germain was a French silversmith who worked for the European royalty, earning the title royal silversmith. His association with financiers in 1765 was considered a breach of guild regulations, resulting in his resignation and bankruptcy. Today, many of his works are showcased in museums across Europe. François-Thomas Germain was portrayed as the main antagonist in Assassin's Creed Unity (2014).

 25 Nicolas-Jacques Conté

Nicolas-Jacques Conté
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 4, 1755
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aunou-sur-Orne, France
Died: December 6, 1805

 26 Guillaume Guillon-Lethière

Guillaume Guillon-Lethière
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 10, 1760
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe, France
Died: April 22, 1832

 27 Anne Vallayer-Coster

Anne Vallayer-Coster
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 21, 1744
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, Kingdom of France
Died: February 28, 1818

 28 Pierre-Narcisse Guérin

Pierre-Narcisse Guérin
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 13, 1774
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 6, 1833

 29 Nicolas de Largillière

Nicolas de Largillière
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 10, 1656
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 20, 1746

 30 Jean-Baptiste Oudry

Jean-Baptiste Oudry
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 17, 1686
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beauvais, France
Died: April 30, 1755

 31 Jean-Baptiste Debret

Jean-Baptiste Debret
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 32 Charles-André Van Loo

Charles-André Van Loo
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 15, 1705
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: July 15, 1765

 33 Marie-Guillemine Benoist

Marie-Guillemine Benoist
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 34 Vivant Denon

Vivant Denon
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 4, 1747
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chalon-sur-Saône, France
Died: April 27, 1825

 35 Étienne Maurice Falconet

Étienne Maurice Falconet
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: December 1, 1716
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 24, 1791

Étienne Maurice Falconet is perhaps best remembered for his creation the Bronze Horseman, which depicted Czar Peter I of Russia on a horse. He developed the French Baroque style into Rococo art. Many of his works were made for the Sèvres Porcelain Factory. He also penned Reflections on Sculpture.

 36 Joseph Duplessis

Joseph Duplessis
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 22, 1725
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Carpentras, France
Died: April 1, 1802

 37 Carle Vernet

Carle Vernet
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 14, 1758
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: November 17, 1836

 38 David d'Angers

David d'Angers
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: March 12, 1788
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Angers, France
Died: January 4, 1856

 39 Jean François de Troy

Jean François de Troy
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 27, 1679
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 26, 1752

 40 Nicolas Lancret

Nicolas Lancret
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 22, 1690
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 14, 1743

 41 Jean-Baptiste Pigalle

Jean-Baptiste Pigalle
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: January 26, 1714
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rueil-Malmaison, France
Died: August 20, 1785

 42 François Girardon

François Girardon
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: March 10, 1628
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Troyes, France
Died: September 1, 1715

 43 Claude Michel

Claude Michel
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: December 20, 1738
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: March 29, 1814

 44 Jean-Baptiste Isabey

Jean-Baptiste Isabey
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 11, 1767
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nancy, France
Died: April 18, 1855

 45 Edmé Bouchardon

Edmé Bouchardon
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: May 29, 1698
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chaumont, France
Died: July 27, 1762

 46 Louis-François Lejeune

Louis-François Lejeune
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 3, 1775
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: February 29, 1848

 47 Nicolas Coustou

Nicolas Coustou
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: January 9, 1658
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: May 1, 1733

 48 Charles-Nicolas Cochin

Charles-Nicolas Cochin
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Famous As: Engraver
Birthdate: February 22, 1715
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 29, 1790

 49 Louis-François Roubiliac

Louis-François Roubiliac
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: August 31, 1702
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: January 11, 1762

 50 Daniel Marot

Daniel Marot
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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: 1661 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 4, 1752

Daniel Marot was a Dutch furniture designer, architect, and engraver. He is credited with designing the interiors of Het Loo Palace which was built by the House of Orange-Nassau. Daniel Marot is also credited with popularizing ornamented ceilings in the Netherlands.