BELLE, French family of painters

Alexis-Simon Belle was a fashionable portrait painter of the early 18th century, although his reputation is overshadowed by that of his older contemporaries Hyacinthe Rigaud and Nicolas de Largillière. His son Clément Belle was a history painter who worked on tapestries for the Gobelins. Clément's son Augustin-Louis Belle (1757-1841) was also a history painter, working in the Neo-classical style.

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