(b Valenciennes, 29 Dec. 1695; d Paris, 25 July 1736). French painter, the only pupil of Watteau (a fellow native of Valenciennes), with whom he had a somewhat touchy relationship. An unlikely legend has it that Watteau dismissed him from his studio (c.1713) because he thought he was a threat to his own pre-eminence; whatever the reason for their differences, they were reconciled soon before Watteau's death. Like Watteau's other chief imitator, Lancret, Pater repeated the master's type of fêtes galantes (see fête champêtre) in a fairly stereotyped fashion. He showed more originality in scenes of military life and groups of bathers (in which he gave freer rein to the suggestiveness often seen in his fêtes galantes). Examples of all types of his work are in the Wallace Collection, London.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)
"Pater, Jean-Baptiste" The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists. Ed Ian Chilvers. Oxford University Press 2009 Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.