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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Pan and Syrinx - François Boucher -
Pan and Syrinx
An Autumn Pastoral (detail) 1749 - François Boucher -
An Autumn Pastoral (detail) 1749
Pastorale (detail) 1761 - François Boucher -
Pastorale (detail) 1761
Lady with an Umbrella - François Boucher -
Lady with an Umbrella
Returning from Market 1767 - François Boucher -
Returning from Market 1767
The Milliner (The Morning) 1746 - François Boucher -
The Milliner (The Morning) 1746
The fountain of love - François Boucher -
The fountain of love
Portrait of Mademoiselle Bergeret - François Boucher -
Portrait of Mademoiselle Bergeret
Companions of Diana - François Boucher -
Companions of Diana
Rinaldo and Armida 1734 - François Boucher -
Rinaldo and Armida 1734
Amor as a prisoner - François Boucher -
Amor as a prisoner
A seated female nude - François Boucher -
A seated female nude
The Visit Of Venus To Vulcan - François Boucher -
The Visit Of Venus To Vulcan
Washerwomen 1768 - François Boucher -
Washerwomen 1768
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour 1759 - François Boucher -
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour 1759
A Female Nude Reclining On Her Front - François Boucher -
A Female Nude Reclining On Her Front
Autumn (detail) 1745 - François Boucher -
Autumn (detail) 1745
Chine style 7 - François Boucher -
Chine style 7
Chine style 4 - François Boucher -
Chine style 4
Woman's head - François Boucher -
Woman's head
A River Landscape With A Woman Crossing A Bridge And... - François Boucher -
A River Landscape With A Woman Crossing A Bridge And...
Halt at the Spring - François Boucher -
Halt at the Spring
La Belle Cuisiniere - François Boucher -
La Belle Cuisiniere
The Triumph of Venus - François Boucher -
The Triumph of Venus

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