Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune
Born in 1741, Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune first studied with a painter and engraver, following him to St. Petersburg in 1758. When Moreau returned to Paris in 1759, however, he had virtually abandoned painting. He joined an engraver’s workshop, making drawings for engravings after contemporary and Old Master artists. Moreau also completed drawings for Diderot’s “Encyclopédie” and he collaborated with Francois Boucher and illustrated the writings of Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
In 1770 Moreau was named Designer to the King and in 1781, Engraver to the King. In 1785 he traveled to Italy and in 1789 he joined the Académie Royale. He continued to have success during the French Revolution and in 1814, Louis XVIII re-appointed him to a royal office.