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Pierre

Gobert

Artistic period 1701 to 1750

Nationality

French

Birth

1662 (Fontainebleau)

Death

1744 (Paris)

Biography

Pierre Gobert (* January 1, 1662 in Fontainebleau; † February 13, 1744 in Paris) was a French court painter known for his portraits.

Pierre Gobert was the son of the sculptor Jean II. Gobert. 1681 he married his cousin in Fontainebleau. In the following years he possibly stayed in Munich, where he painted at court (Thoison). After he had already applied in vain for admission in 1686, he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Arts on 31 December 1701, after he had submitted two portraits. In January 1724 he was elected to the council of the academy as successor of the late M. Boyer. During the reign of Louis XIV and Louis XV he became a very busy portraitist, especially of many high-ranking noble ladies of the court and their children. He provided his pictures with mythological references in the tradition of Pierre Mignard, but did not reach Jean-Marc Nattier according to Engerand. Among those portrayed were the Prince of Condé, Tsar Peter I, Louis XV, the Queen Mary Leszczy?ska (to which he travelled in 1725 to Weißenburg in Alsace, where the former Polish king lived at that time), Louise-Elisabeth de Bourbon-Condé (Princess of Conty), Françoise Marie de Bourbon (Duchess of Orleans) and the Duchess of Maine.

By the end of the 19th century, he had already forgotten that many of his paintings were attributed to strangers in the collection of Versailles or even other painters (such as Jean-Baptiste van Loo). According to Engerand, like a professional portrait photographer, he was forced in his studio to produce high quality portraits, sometimes with 60 copies of the same painting, sometimes hastily produced and of poor quality. He also took on such commissions between 1707 and 1709, for example, when he made multiple copies of portraits of his family for Duke Leopold of Lorraine or supervised their production.