Bernard Vaillant: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Bernard Vaillant (1632, in Lille – 1698, in Leiden), was a Dutch Golden Age painter.

According to Houbraken he accompanied his older brother Wallerant Vaillant on anything of his travels. He moved to Rotterdam to become deacon of the Walloon church there, but died unexpectedly in Leiden.

According to the RKD he was the younger half-brother of the painter Wallerant Vaillant. In 1670 he became betrothed to Agneta Menton and lived on the Fluwelen Burgwal in Amsterdam. He is after that registered as full of life in Paris and Rotterdam. He is known for engraved portraits, but then portraits in oils and pastels.

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