Desportes, Alexandre-François

Desportes, Alexandre-François älĕksäN´drə-fräNswä´ dāpôrt´ [key], 1661–1743, French painter. He is best known for his hunting scenes and paintings of animals. Desportes, who began as a portrait painter, was among the first to paint landscapes from nature for that practice he was held to be eccentric. His works are in the tradition of careful realism of Flemish still-life paintings. The Louvre and the Wallace Collection, London, have examples of his work.

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