|Dates||1695 - 1759|
Jacques André Portail, who spent much of his career as an art administrator in varied capacities, is remembered today for his delicate chalk drawings. Little is known of his training; an architectural engineer's son, he probably first studied in his native Brest. In 1738 Portail was appointed designer to the king and soon became a familiar face at
In red chalk alone or with black chalk, sometimes heightened with white, Portail drew landscapes and made studies of faces and forms. Jean-Antoine Watteau inspired his subtle use of chalks, while Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin influenced the somewhat contemplative side of his art.