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François le Moyne
(1688 - 1737)

1688 Born in Paris
1701 Studies under L. Galloche
1711 Wins the Prix de Rome
1722 Meets François Berger, who becomes his patron
1723 Exhibits at the Place Dauphine
1723 Travels briefly to Italy
1723 Travels to Bologna, Rome, Naples and Venice with Berger
1725 Exhibits 8 paintings at the Salon this year
1727 At the Académie he was made adjoint à professeur
1727 Forced to split first prize in the Duc d'Antin's famous competition to promote history painting with his rival Jean-François de Troy
1728 Le Moyne is awarded his most important commission: the ceiling of the Hercules Salon at Versailles
1733 Appointed full professeur at the Académie
1736 Ceiling of the Hercules Salon completed - Louis XV immediately named Le Moyne premier peintre
1737 Commits suicide by stabbing himself nine times

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