Charles Le Brun (Le Brun Charles)( French painter and decorator)
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Born in Paris on February 24, 1619. Le Brun was one of the founders of a so-called. style of Louis XIV. After training with Simon Vouet Lebrun, while still very young, became a court painter. His own artistic style emerged during the work in the studio of Nicolas Poussin in Italy in 1642-1646. Upon his return to France, Le Brun has created decorative panels painted for the Hotel Lambert in Paris and the chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, and from 1660 began working at the court. In 1648 he became one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and in 1663 - the first director of the Royal Manufactory of tapestries and furniture, led the decorating of Versailles. Style Lebrun was taken as a model by many artists of this time, the most famous of his numerous works - a cycle of paintings history of Alexander of Macedonia (1662-1668, Louvre), as well as paintings in the vaults of Versailles. Lebrun died Feb. 22, 1690.