Jean-Baptiste Greuze (21 August 1725 - 4 March 1805) was a French painter.
Greuze did not fit within the early 18th century contemporary Rococo or the Post French Revolution Neo-Classical style. His work emphasized"sentiment", Middle Class, village life scenes and the moral decay of society relating to the late 18th-centurycult of 'sensibility', bourgeois novel and drama.
Greuze had a great success at the 1755 Salon. Diderot, the philosopher and art critic, praised His work and defined it as "moral paintings". But, Despite Diderot admiration TO HIS WORK, the Académie Royale rejected HIS submission AS "HISTORICAL PAINTER: yet agreed to acknowledged him as a "genre painter" (a lower title). The Humiliation led Greuze to withdrawal from public Exhibition and sank into obscurity. He died in poverty.