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Francois Lemoyne
circa 1730
Born 1688
Died June 4, 1737
Nationality French
Education Académie de peinture et de sculpture
Known for Painting
Movement rococo

François Lemoyne or François Le Moine (1688 – 4 June 1737) was a French rococo painter. He became First Painter to the King and worked with other artists of the era. However, the excess of work, court intrigues at Versailles, and the death of his wife drove him to madness. He killed himself six months after finishing the ceiling painting "The Apotheosis of Hercules" in the Hercules Room in the Great Apartment of the King. With his death, the fashion of large allegorical ceilings disappeared.


  • Louis XV donnant la Paix à l'Europe, Salon de la Paix in Versailles (1727)
  • Ceiling of the Salon d'Hercule in Versailles (1736)
  • Arch of the Church of Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin in Paris
  • Diane chasseresse
  • Les Nymphes
  • Narcisse
  • He also worked at Saint-Sulpice and at the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés


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