Nicolas-Bernard Lépicié was taught engraving by his father before entering the studio of the painter Carle Van Loo. In 1759 he won second prize in the Prix de Rome competition at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, but he never went to Rome. He was approved by the Académie Royale in 1764 on presentation of a vast painting of the Landing of William the Conqueror on the English Coast.
In 1769 he was received as a full member by the Académie Royale on presentation of Achilles and the Centaur Chiron; he became a professor in 1777. His studio had a fine reputation, and several painters prominent in the Neo-classical generation trained there, including Carle Vernet, Jean-Baptiste Regnault, Jean-Joseph Taillasson and Henri-Pierre Danloux.
Nicolas-Bernard Lépicié painted portraits, domestic genre scenes, and historical subjects. His best works, although not entirely free from the sentimentality of the period, have something of the tranquil beauty associated with Chardin.
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