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His father was the architect, sculptor and painter, Pierre Puget. After a scandal involving the Finance Minister Nicolas Fouquet, in 1661, his father decided to stay in Genoa, where he had been working. Two years later, he and his mother Paule followed, and that is where he grew up. The author, Joseph Bougerel (1680-1753), believed that he was briefly a student of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, but this has been recently questioned by Marie-Christine Gloton of the Académie Française. In 1668, the family returned to Toulon and his father became the manager of the sculpture workshop at the Arsenal. He married Jeanne Jourdanis in 1677 and they had three children together.
In 1679, it appears that he followed his father to Marseille, as in 1680 he is known to have created a painting for the convent of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, depicting that event. At the same time, he painted his "Portrait of a Seated Man". Both works are now at the Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille. He then decided to stay there to assist his aging father. Between 1683 and 1688, he visited Paris three times to present his father's works to King Louis XIV at Versailles.