Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée was a French rococo painter and student of Carle van Loo. He won the Grand Prix de Rome for painting in 1749 and was elected a member of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture in 1755. His younger brother Jean-Jacques Lagrenée was also a painter.
Lagrenée's notable career appointments included:
Court painter to Elizabeth, Empress of Russia.
Director of the Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg.
Director of the French Academy in Rome.
Professor-rector of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture.
Honorary director-curator of the Louvre museum.
In July 1804, Napoleon I conferred upon Lagrenée the rank of chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur.
Lagrenée died in June 1805, aged 80 years and 6 months.