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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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L'Amour moissonneur - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
L'Amour moissonneur
The mill - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The mill
Resting at the fountain - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Resting at the fountain
The Light of the World - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Light of the World
The fisherman Galant - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The fisherman Galant
A seated female nude leaning forward and looking down... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A seated female nude leaning forward and looking down...
Jupiter and Antiope - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Jupiter and Antiope
Landscape with his brother Lucas - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Landscape with his brother Lucas
Saint Pierre tentant de marcher sur les eaux - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Saint Pierre tentant de marcher sur les eaux
Angelica and Medoro 1763 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Angelica and Medoro 1763
Amorous shepherds in a landscape - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Amorous shepherds in a landscape
L'amour vendangeur - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
L'amour vendangeur
Head of a girl looking down to the left wearing a scarf - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Head of a girl looking down to the left wearing a scarf
Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist...
Shepherds Idyll 1768 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Shepherds Idyll 1768
Pan and Syrinx 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Pan and Syrinx 2
Study Of A Young Girl Lying On Her Front - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Study Of A Young Girl Lying On Her Front
The Painter In His Studio - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Painter In His Studio
Portrait of the daughter of the artist, Oval - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of the daughter of the artist, Oval
La Belle Cuisiniere - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
La Belle Cuisiniere
A Decorative Design With Minerva And History Attended... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Decorative Design With Minerva And History Attended...
The beautiful cooker - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The beautiful cooker
Head of a woman seen from behind - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Head of a woman seen from behind
A seated nude holding a staff - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A seated nude holding a staff
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