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Georges de La Tour
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    (March 13, 1593-January 30, 1652)
    Born in Vic-sur-Sielle, Duchy of Lorraine, France
    Baroque painter
    Works include 'The Cheat,' 'Brawl,' 'The Fortune Teller,' 'Magdalen with the Smoking Flame,' 'The Newborn Christ,' 'St. Sebastian Tended by St. Irene' and 'The Penitent Magdalen'
    In municipal records, he is described as 'making himself obnoxious to everyone' by trampling and ruining crops while hunting.
    He beat a peasant and assaulted a sergeant at arms.
    His work was largely forgotten after his death until he was rediscovered in the early 20th century.
    Many of his paintings were misattributed to other artists.
    He was a master at depicting scenes illuminated by candlelight.
    His home, studio and an unknown number of paintings were destroyed by fire when Luneville was sacked and burnt during the wars to control Lorraine (1638).
    He was named Painter to the King (1639).
    King Louis XIII was so moved by La Tour's 'St. Sebastian Tended by St. Irene' that he removed all other paintings from his bedroom.

Credit: C. Fishel

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