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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Madame de Pompadour 1758 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Madame de Pompadour 1758
Apollo Revealing his Divinity before the Shepherdess... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Apollo Revealing his Divinity before the Shepherdess...
Vertumnus and Pomona - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Vertumnus and Pomona
La Pêche chinoise 1742 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
La Pêche chinoise 1742
Venus Consoling Love 1751 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Venus Consoling Love 1751
An Autumn Pastoral 1749 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
An Autumn Pastoral 1749
The Rape of Europa 1732-34 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Rape of Europa 1732-34
The Odalisk - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Odalisk
Diana Resting after her Bath (detail) 1742 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Diana Resting after her Bath (detail) 1742
Breakfast - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Breakfast
The Interrupted Sleep 1750 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Interrupted Sleep 1750
Young Woman With A Bouquet Of Roses - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Young Woman With A Bouquet Of Roses

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