Largilliere, Nicolas de (1656-1746)
Portrait of a Woman, Perhaps Madame Claude Lambert de Thorigny (Marie Marguerite Bontemps, 1668–1701) - 1696 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City)
Largillière’s brilliant colour and lively touch attracted celebrities of his day. He produced 1,200 to 1,500 portraits in his lifetime, gradually becoming less formal and more relaxed in describing pose and costume. His Flemish training is reflected in the parrot and flowers in the foreground, while the accentuated folds of the gown accord with the linear style of the French Royal Academy.