b. 1725 Tournus, France, d. 1805 Paris
French painter; draftsman
"Jean-Baptiste Greuze was one of the most popular painters of the eighteenth century, appealing to both critics and the public. His subject range was broad, including history paintings, portraits and genre scenes; the latter were defined as "moral paintings" by Diderot, Denis, who had a strong admiration for Greuze’s art. He did not fit precisely within either the contemporary Rococo or Neo-Classical styles but defined an art that addressed concerns about the moral decay of society.
His painting style was naturalistic with precise detail and his compositions, strong in narrative drama, resembled stage sets with figures in frozen poses, suggesting a tableau vivant”