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Meulen, Adam Frans van derDate of birth and death: 1632 - 1690
Nationality: FlemishUploaded artworks: 10
Adam Frans van der Meulen (Brussels, January 11, 1632 â€“ 15 October 1690, Paris) was a Flemish Baroque painter specialising in battle scenes. He was active first in Brussels, where he was a pupil of was pupil of Pieter Snayers, and from the 1660s onwards in Paris.
He joined the painters' guild in Brussels in 1651. Focussing his art on representing horses and landscapes, his fame crossed borders and in 1662 was called to Paris by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, at the instance of Charles Le Brun, to fill the post of battle painter to Louis XIV of France.
His paintings during the campaigns of Flanders in 1667 so delighted Louis that from that date van der Meulen was ordered to accompany him in all his expeditions. In 1673 he was received into the AcadĂ©mie royale de peinture et de sculpture, attained the grade of councillor in 1681, and died full of honors in Paris in 1690.
He is best represented by the series of twenty-three paintings, mostly executed for Louis XIV, now in the Louvre. They show that he always retained his Flemish predilections in point of color, although his style was modified by that of the French school.
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