Oil on canvas, Portrait of Young Girls and Children, richly dressed
Atelier of Pierre Gobert (Fontainebleau 1662 - Paris 1744)
Born into a family of artists, Pierre Gobert began working for the court at a very young age. As early as 1682, he was commissioned to paint the Portrait of the Duke of Burgundy, aged only a few weeks, the first of a long list of portraits of children. Gobert would excel to his fullest in this genre. Pierre Gobert was admitted to the Académie royale in 1686.
From 1707 onwards, Gobert worked for the Court of Lorraine, where he had been summoned by Duke Leopold. During this stay he painted an impressive number of portraits, which implies the existence of an Atelier.
Back in Paris, he worked very regularly for the Court, painting portraits of most of the members of the Royal Family, of which the Château de Versailles preserves the most interesting examples.