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Nicolas Lancret was a French painter who lived from 1686 to 1765. He trained as an engraver and apprenticed to the history painter Pierre Dulin. At the age of fifteen, he enrolled at the Academie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, where he studied under Watteau's master, Claude Gillot. He became a famous light comedy painter, whose work reflected the tastes of French society at the time.

The paintings of Nicolas Lancret were very popular and sold at the Salon de Paris in 1725. The paintings are vibrant and full of lively color. They depict both rural and contemporary life, with people enjoying leisure time. In 1725, he painted several portraits of women, including the famous dancer, Mademoiselle Camargo. In the next year, he painted a portrait of Leriget.

Lancret studied under the history painter Pierre Dulin, but later transferred to the Academie royale de peinture and sculpture. After graduating from the academy, he joined Gillot's studio and studied under him. Although Lancret was a protégé of Watteau, he was a friend of Dulin's and a fellow student. He is not considered to be a mentor to any other artist but a teacher to many.

His talent for painting led him to pursue an apprenticeship under Claude Gillot. He was also a member of the prestigious Academie des Beaux Arts in Paris and began producing works that would attract the attention of his peers. He began by working on decorative paintings for the Palace of Versailles and then moved on to the studio of a minor history painter, Pierre Dulin. In 1708, he became a member of the Academie Royale and studied under Claude Gillot, who was Watteau's master. This allowed him to develop his technique and choose a warm palette of colors. He joined the academy in 1719 and later worked with other artists.

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