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Francois Le Moyne (1688-1737 ) was a French rococo painter. His work and talent, notably plied in Versailles, earning him a name as the "new Le Brun". He worked with other artists of the era, such as Nonotte, Gilles Dutilleul, Charles de la Fosse and Coypel. However, the excess of work, court intrigues at Versailles, and the death of his wife drove him to madness. He committed suicide in Paris in 1737 by stabbing himself seven times, six months after finishing the ceiling painting ("L'apotheose d'Hercule") in the Salon d'Hercule in the grand appartement du roi. With his death, the fashion of large allegorical ceilings disappeared.   more from wikipedia »