Georges de La Tour

Georges de La Tour (1593–1652) was a French painter.


The known information on George de La Tour's life begins in 1620 when he established his studio in Luneville, painting religious and genre scenes. He was given the title "Painter to the King" in 1639 and affluence followed.


Saint Joseph charpentier, 1642, LouvreHe was known best for his nocturnal light effects and simplified form painting. One of his most famous works, Education of the Virgin, is displayed at The Frick Collection in New York.

Although his initial work was executed in a Mannerist style, he later showed influence of Caravaggio. La Tour's work went unrecognized after his death in 1652 but was rediscovered by a German scholar in 1915.