CAZES Pierre-Jacques (b. 1676, Paris, d. 1754, Paris) Nationality : French
French painter. His first tutor was a certain Ferou, concierge of the Academie Royale, Paris; he then trained with Rene-Antoine Houasse and Bon Boullogne. Having come second in the Prix de Rome competition of 1698 with Joseph's Cup Found in Benjamin's Belongings, in 1699 he won the first prize with a Vision of Jacob in Egypt (both untraced). He did not go to Rome, however, remaining in Paris to become one of the leading painters of large religious compositions and history paintings. He was received (recu) at the Academie Royale in 1703 with a Triumph of Hercules over Achelous and made his debut at the Salon in 1704 with a St Cecilia (both untraced).