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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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Diana Resting after her Bath 1742 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Diana Resting after her Bath 1742
A Summer Pastoral - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Summer Pastoral
Jupiter and Kallisto - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Jupiter and Kallisto
Le mariage de Psyché et de l'Amour - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Le mariage de Psyché et de l'Amour
The Birth of Venus 1740 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Birth of Venus 1740
Naiads and Triton ~1763 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Naiads and Triton ~1763
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour
The Marquise de Pompadour - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Marquise de Pompadour
The Toilet of Venus 1751 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Toilet of Venus 1751
Madame Boucher 1743 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Madame Boucher 1743
Diana's Return from the Hunt - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Diana's Return from the Hunt
Watermill - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Watermill

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