- 1715 - 1783
In the 1700s, Jean-Baptiste Perronneau was one of France's most significant pastel portraitists During his lifetime, pastel portraits were immensely popular--widely commissioned and collected. Perronneau began his career as an engraver but shifted to oils and pastels in 1744. He made his Salon debut with a pastel portrait in 1746 and received full membership in the Académie Royale in 1753. Perronneau exhibited steadily at the Salon until 1779 but also traveled extensively across Europe in search of patrons. In Paris, he competed with Maurice-Quentin Delatour, an older and more established painter who was very much the portraitist of choice among fashionable, affluent Parisians. Despite being favorably compared to Delatour, Perronneau was forced to find much of his clientele in the French provinces and overseas.