Louis XIV (or Louis the 14th) was the king of France from 1643 to 1715. He was the last true absolute King of France who ruled the country with a firm hand. His nickname is “The Sun King”. During the baroque his court designers, Charles Le Brun and Jean Bèrain, greatly influenced the arts. In France – as in many other European countries – the specific taste of the Sun King is referred to as the Louis XIV style. On the English Isles, this style is known as early Georgian.