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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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The Rest On The Flight Into Egypt - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Rest On The Flight Into Egypt
Amorous Shepherd - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Amorous Shepherd
Chinese Dance 1742 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Chinese Dance 1742
A girl, bust-length, her head tilted to the left - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A girl, bust-length, her head tilted to the left
Marquise de Pompadour at the Toilet-Table 1758 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Marquise de Pompadour at the Toilet-Table 1758
Pastorale ou Jeune berger dans un paysage - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Pastorale ou Jeune berger dans un paysage
The Birth of Venus (detail) 1740 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Birth of Venus (detail) 1740
Christ and John the Baptist as Children 1758 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Christ and John the Baptist as Children 1758
The Rising of the Sun 1753 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Rising of the Sun 1753
Returning from Market 1767 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Returning from Market 1767
The Afternoon Meal 1739 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Afternoon Meal 1739
The Setting of the Sun 1752 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Setting of the Sun 1752
Charms of life champêtre - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Charms of life champêtre
Chine style 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Chine style 2
The Rape of Europa - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Rape of Europa
Pastorale (detail) 1761 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Pastorale (detail) 1761
The Visit of Venus to Vulcan (detail) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Visit of Venus to Vulcan (detail)
Adoration of the Shepherds 1750 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Adoration of the Shepherds 1750
An Autumn Pastoral (detail) 1749 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
An Autumn Pastoral (detail) 1749
The Visit Of Venus To Vulcan - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Visit Of Venus To Vulcan
Rinaldo and Armida 1734 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Rinaldo and Armida 1734
The fountain of love - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The fountain of love
Venus Demanding Arms from Vulcan for Aeneas, 1732 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Venus Demanding Arms from Vulcan for Aeneas, 1732
Washerwomen 1768 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Washerwomen 1768
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