Born at Brussels in 1634; died 1690; aged 56. He was invited to Paris, and appointed painter to Louis XIV with a pension of two thousand livres, besides being paid for his work. He attended that enterprising monarch in most of his expeditions in the field, and designed on the spot the sieges, attacks, encampments, and marches of the King's armies. His imitation of nature is exact and faithful; his colouring excellent. His figures are dressed in the mode of the time but so well designed, and grouped with so much judgment, that his pictures have always a striking effect. They have not the fire of Bourgognone, but more sweetness; nor could any painter excel him in describing the various motions, actions, and attitudes of horses, as he carefully studied every object after nature, and knew how to express it with truth and elegance. The landscape has a charming vivacity; horses, dogs, and every object partake of the spirit of the moment. (On canvass--4 ft. by 3 ft. 7 inh.) [P. 8.]
Catalogue of Paintings, by the Great Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, of the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools. It penetrates the inward recesses of the soul--even surpassing the power and force of eloquence.--Quintillian on the Art of Painting. Boston: Press of John H. Eastburn.