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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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Danae - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Danae
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
A seated female nude leaning forward and looking down... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A seated female nude leaning forward and looking down...
The mill - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The mill
The fisherman Galant - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The fisherman Galant
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
Angelica and Medoro 1763 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Angelica and Medoro 1763
Saint Pierre tentant de marcher sur les eaux - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Saint Pierre tentant de marcher sur les eaux
Amorous shepherds in a landscape - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Amorous shepherds in a landscape
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...
L'amour vendangeur - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
L'amour vendangeur
Shepherds Idyll 1768 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Shepherds Idyll 1768
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
Study Of A Young Girl Lying On Her Front - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Study Of A Young Girl Lying On Her Front
Pan and Syrinx 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Pan and Syrinx 2
La Belle Cuisiniere - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
La Belle Cuisiniere
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
A Decorative Design With Minerva And History Attended... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Decorative Design With Minerva And History Attended...
Head of a woman seen from behind - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Head of a woman seen from behind
The beautiful cooker - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The beautiful cooker
A seated nude holding a staff - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A seated nude holding a staff
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