Le Seur, Eustache

   French Baroque painter who entered Simon Vouet's workshop at the age of 15. In 1645, Le Seur left his master's studio and became an artist in his own right. His works are characterized by a graceful classicism, delicate figures, and luminous surfaces. Among his most important paintings are the Marine Gods Paying Homage to Love (c. 1636-1638; Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum), taken from the Hypnerotomachia Polfili; Sleeping Venus (c. 1640; San Francisco, Fine Arts Museum), based on the Venetian reclining nude type; and the St. Bruno Series (1648-1650; Paris, Louvre) painted for the Chartreuse de Paris.

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