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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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Saint Pierre tentant de marcher sur les eaux - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Saint Pierre tentant de marcher sur les eaux
L'Amour moissonneur - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
L'Amour moissonneur
The Painter In His Studio - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Painter In His Studio
Portrait of a Lady with Muff - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of a Lady with Muff
A seated female nude leaning forward and looking down... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A seated female nude leaning forward and looking down...
Angelica and Medoro 1763 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Angelica and Medoro 1763
Jupiter and Antiope - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Jupiter and Antiope
Bacchus and Erigone - Bacchus und Erigone (Erigone... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Bacchus and Erigone - Bacchus und Erigone (Erigone...
Pan and Syrinx 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Pan and Syrinx 2
The beautiful cooker - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The beautiful cooker
L'amour vendangeur - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
L'amour vendangeur
Amorous shepherds in a landscape - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Amorous shepherds in a landscape
A Roman man carrying fasces and arms, seen from behind - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Roman man carrying fasces and arms, seen from behind
The lunch - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The lunch
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
Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas (detail) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas (detail)
Study Of A Young Girl Lying On Her Front - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Study Of A Young Girl Lying On Her Front
The Triumph of Venus (detail) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Triumph of Venus (detail)
A seated nude holding a staff - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A seated nude holding a staff
Head of a woman seen from behind - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Head of a woman seen from behind
The Four Seasons Autumn 1755 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Four Seasons Autumn 1755
A Decorative Design With Minerva And History Attended... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Decorative Design With Minerva And History Attended...
Nymphs, Satyrs, And Putti With Silenus Near An Altar... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Nymphs, Satyrs, And Putti With Silenus Near An Altar...
Sunrise - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Sunrise
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