Son of the painter Jean Linard, who lived and worked in the region of Troyes, he seems to have received painting lessons in his family environment; there is no information regarding his subsequent education and his contacts with the Dutch School, in which “still life” was flourishing as an autonomous genre at the time. From 1625 until the end of his life, he lived in Paris, first at Ile de la Cite, home to many painters, and later in the quarter of Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs. He was soon established as an artist, receiving commissions from the upper class, such as the Richelieu family, while in 1631 he became court painter of King Louis XIII.