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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 fountain of love - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The fountain of love
Geniuses of the arts - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Geniuses of the arts
Bacchantes - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Bacchantes
Washerwomen 1768 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Washerwomen 1768
Lady with an Umbrella - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Lady with an Umbrella
The Milliner (The Morning) 1746 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Milliner (The Morning) 1746
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour 1759 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour 1759
Pan and Syrinx - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Pan and Syrinx
Portrait of Mademoiselle Bergeret - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of Mademoiselle Bergeret
Autumn (detail) 1745 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Autumn (detail) 1745
Seated Nude 1738 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Seated Nude 1738
Chine style 4 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Chine style 4
Woman's head - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Woman's head
Amor as a prisoner - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Amor as a prisoner
The Triumph of Venus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Triumph of Venus
Le Sommeil de Venus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Le Sommeil de Venus
Juno Asking Aeolus to Release the Winds - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Juno Asking Aeolus to Release the Winds
A seated female nude - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A seated female nude
Halt at the Spring - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Halt at the Spring
The Forest 1740 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Forest 1740
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
Companions of Diana - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Companions of Diana
A Female Nude Reclining On Her Front - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Female Nude Reclining On Her Front
A River Landscape With A Woman Crossing A Bridge And... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A River Landscape With A Woman Crossing A Bridge And...
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