François
Bust of François Boucher

François Boucher (September 29, 1703 - May 30, 1770) was a French painter, a proponent of Rococo taste, known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories representing the arts or pastoral occupations, and intended as a sort of two-dimensional furniture. He also painted several portraits of his illustrious patroness, Madame de Pompadour.

Born in Paris, the son of a lace designer Nicolas Boucher, François Boucher was perhaps the most celebrated decorative artist of the 18th century, with most of his work reflecting the Rococo style. At the young age of 17, Boucher was apprenticed by his father to François Lemoyne, however after only 3 months he went to work for the engraver Jean-François Cars. Within 3 years Boucher had already won the elite Grand Prix de Rome, although he did not take up the consequential opportunity to study in Italy until 4 years later. On his return from studying in Italy in 1731, he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture as a historical painter, and became a faculty member in 1734.


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Hercules and Omphale 1735 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Hercules and Omphale 1735
Allegory of Wisdom and Strength, The Choice of Hercules... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Allegory of Wisdom and Strength, The Choice of Hercules...
Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas 1757 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas 1757
Brown Odalisque (L'Odalisque Brune) 1745 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Brown Odalisque (L'Odalisque Brune) 1745
Leda And The Swan 1741 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Leda And The Swan 1741
Girl Reclining (Louise O'Murphy) 1751 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Girl Reclining (Louise O'Murphy) 1751
Birth of Venus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Birth of Venus
La Toilette 1742 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
La Toilette 1742
Young woman lying - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Young woman lying
Nude on a Sofa (or Reclining Girl) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Nude on a Sofa (or Reclining Girl)
Diana Leaving her Bath - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Diana Leaving her Bath
Diana Resting after her Bath 1742 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Diana Resting after her Bath 1742

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