COYPEL Charles-Antoine (b. 1694, Paris, d. 1752, Paris) Nationality : French
Coypel, family of French painter of which Noel (1628-1707) was the head. Antoine's son Charles-Antoine (1694-1752) was a much more forceful character than Noel-Nicolas and had a resoundingly successful career, largely due to his administrative capacity in the various official positions that he held. In 1747 he became director of the Academie Royale and chief painter to the king. He also was an accomplished writer of verse and plays as well as art criticism. As a painter he was versatile and prolific, but the weakest member of the family, his Supper at Emmaus (1746) in Saint-Merry, Paris, has been described as 'pathetically inept'.