|Dates||1695 - 1736|
Jean-Baptiste Pater followed his artistic role model and predominant inspiration, Jean-Antoine Watteau, in being born in Valenciennes and painting festive scenes. Pater first studied with a local painter and with his sculptor father before working briefly under Watteau in Paris. After Watteau's difficult temperament led to dismissal, Pater spent a few trying years before returning to Valenciennes. Back in Paris in 1718, he worked for some of Watteau's clients, including his dealer, who later described their reconciliation: "Watteau gave the last days of his life to Pater and worked with him. . . . Pater later confessed to me that everything he knew came from this short period of instruction."