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Two on the Twenty-Second

Andréa Fernandes
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Today's "Feel Art Again" takes a brief look at two influential but little-known artists who were born 130 years apart on this date, January 22.

The French painter Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743) is described as "Paris's best-known practitioner of the fête galante," a style of painting that focuses on the pursuits of the "idle, rich aristocrats" of the 18th century. Like many French painters, Lancret studied at the Académie Royale; unlike most other French painters, though, he was supposedly expelled for "bad behavior." However, his bad behavior didn't prevent him from later being an Académie Royale member, nor did it hinder his career. He had the "enthusiastic patronage" of Louis XV, who hung Lancret's paintings throughout the royal residences, including the famed Versailles.

Shown is Lancret's "Lady and Gentleman with two Girls and a Servant" (1742). Love his work? Check out more paintings by Lancret in the Web Gallery of Art.

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Shown is Wolf's "A Pair of Doves amongst Honeysuckle; and Group of Pheasant Chicks in the Undergrowth" (1871). For more information on Wolf, read "The Life of Joseph Wolf: Animal Painter" by Alfred Herbert Palmer.

Don't forget to enter the first-ever "Feel Art Again" contest! Design a Rube Goldberg device and submit it today, January 22, 2009, for a chance to win Secret Lives of Great Artists by Elizabeth Lunday. For full details, visit the contest page. "Feel Art Again" appears every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. You can e-mail us at feelartagain@gmail.com artist suggestions, with details of current exhibitions, or for sources or further reading.

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