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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Portrait of Antoine Watteau - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of Antoine Watteau
Diana Leaving her Bath (detail 2) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Diana Leaving her Bath (detail 2)
A Decorative Design With Minerva And History Attended... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Decorative Design With Minerva And History Attended...
The Choice Between Virtue and Vice. Hercules in the... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Choice Between Virtue and Vice. Hercules in the...
L'amour vendangeur - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
L'amour vendangeur
The Education of Cupid - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Education of Cupid
The Toilet - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Toilet
Amorous shepherds in a landscape - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Amorous shepherds in a landscape
Venus Restraining Cupid - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Venus Restraining Cupid
The Beautiful Country Woman - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Beautiful Country Woman
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...
Venus and love - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Venus and love
'La Petite Reposee' - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
'La Petite Reposee'
Landscape with his brother Lucas - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Landscape with his brother Lucas
Resting at the fountain - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Resting at the fountain
The fisherman Galant - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The fisherman Galant
Saint Pierre tentant de marcher sur les eaux - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Saint Pierre tentant de marcher sur les eaux
Study Of A Young Girl Lying On Her Front - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Study Of A Young Girl Lying On Her Front
The mill - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The mill
Love Letters - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Love Letters
Pan and Syrinx 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Pan and Syrinx 2
The Four Seasons Autumn 1755 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Four Seasons Autumn 1755
The Light of the World - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Light of the World
Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas (detail) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas (detail)

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