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KRAFFT Per the Elder (b. 1724, Arboga, d. 1793, Stockholm) Nationality : Swedish

Swedish painter. He was a pupil of the court painter Johan Henrik Scheffel (1690-1781) until 1747 and then of Carl Gustaf Pilo in Copenhagen. Through Pilo he met Otto Thott, the Danish Minister of Finance, who was to be important for his career. Krafft executed several portraits for him (e.g. Count Otto Thott, 1752; Hillerod, Frederiksborg Slot), and in 1755 he was sent by Thott to Paris with a commission to copy 200 paintings after such artists as Hyacinthe Rigaud, Nicolas de Largillierre and Pierre Mignard. He was taught there by Alexander Roslin but was more attracted to the bourgeois and intimate milieu of Chardin's and Greuze's paintings.

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