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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Untitled 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Untitled 2
The Death of Meleager - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Death of Meleager
The alarm in the camp of Chilperic - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The alarm in the camp of Chilperic
Landscape with Kirschpflückerin - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Landscape with Kirschpflückerin
Le Moulin aA  Eau A landscape with a herdsman and... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Le Moulin aA  Eau A landscape with a herdsman and...
Les Bergers aA  la Fontaine - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Les Bergers aA  la Fontaine

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