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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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Chine style 7 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Chine style 7
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...
Portrait of Antoine Watteau - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of Antoine Watteau
Chine style 3 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Chine style 3
A Female Nude Reclining On Her Front - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Female Nude Reclining On Her Front
Woman at Her Toilette - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Woman at Her Toilette
A Young Woman And Youth Placing Young Birds In A Cage... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Young Woman And Youth Placing Young Birds In A Cage...
Venus Restraining Cupid - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Venus Restraining Cupid
Diana as a huntress - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Diana as a huntress
Venus and love - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Venus and love
The Toilet - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Toilet
The Beautiful Country Woman - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Beautiful Country Woman
A Chinese Potentate Carried On A Litter By Two Boys - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Chinese Potentate Carried On A Litter By Two Boys
The Education of Cupid - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Education of Cupid
Diana Leaving her Bath (detail 2) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Diana Leaving her Bath (detail 2)
The fisherman Galant - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The fisherman Galant
The Light of the World - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Light of the World
The Muse Erato - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Muse Erato
A male nude seated in profile to the left - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A male nude seated in profile to the left
The mill - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The mill
Resting at the fountain - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Resting at the fountain
The Choice Between Virtue and Vice. Hercules in the... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Choice Between Virtue and Vice. Hercules in the...
Danae - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Danae
Landscape with his brother Lucas - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Landscape with his brother Lucas
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