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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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Drawing after a lost Self-Portrait of Watteau - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Drawing after a lost Self-Portrait of Watteau
The Afternoon Meal 1739 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Afternoon Meal 1739
The Rising of the Sun 1753 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Rising of the Sun 1753
Charms of life champêtre - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Charms of life champêtre
Pastorale ou Jeune berger dans un paysage - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Pastorale ou Jeune berger dans un paysage
Amorous Shepherd - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Amorous Shepherd
A female nude reclining on a chaise-longue - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A female nude reclining on a chaise-longue
Le Sommeil de Venus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Le Sommeil de Venus
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour 2
The Setting of the Sun 1752 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Setting of the Sun 1752
The Visit of Venus to Vulcan (detail) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Visit of Venus to Vulcan (detail)
Juno Asking Aeolus to Release the Winds - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Juno Asking Aeolus to Release the Winds
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
Chinese Dance 1742 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Chinese Dance 1742
Christ and John the Baptist as Children 1758 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Christ and John the Baptist as Children 1758
Portrait of Madame de Pompadour - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of Madame de Pompadour
Chine style 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Chine style 2
Marquise de Pompadour at the Toilet-Table 1758 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Marquise de Pompadour at the Toilet-Table 1758
The Birth of Venus (detail) 1740 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Birth of Venus (detail) 1740
The Rape of Europa - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Rape of Europa
Geniuses of the arts - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Geniuses of the arts
A washerwoman at a fountain with a child under a trellis - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A washerwoman at a fountain with a child under a trellis
Adoration of the Shepherds 1750 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Adoration of the Shepherds 1750
Venus Demanding Arms from Vulcan for Aeneas, 1732 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Venus Demanding Arms from Vulcan for Aeneas, 1732

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