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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The Setting of the Sun 1752 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Setting of the Sun 1752
The Rising of the Sun 1753 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Rising of the Sun 1753
Shepherd and Shepherdess Reposing, 1761 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Shepherd and Shepherdess Reposing, 1761
Charms of life champêtre - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Charms of life champêtre
Le Sommeil de Venus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Le Sommeil de Venus
A female nude reclining on a chaise-longue - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A female nude reclining on a chaise-longue
Drawing after a lost Self-Portrait of Watteau - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Drawing after a lost Self-Portrait of Watteau
Juno Asking Aeolus to Release the Winds - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Juno Asking Aeolus to Release the Winds
Amorous Shepherd - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Amorous Shepherd
Pastorale ou Jeune berger dans un paysage - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Pastorale ou Jeune berger dans un paysage
The Visit of Venus to Vulcan (detail) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Visit of Venus to Vulcan (detail)
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour 2

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