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 Mademoiselle Bergeret - François Boucher -
Portrait of Mademoiselle Bergeret
A washerwoman at a fountain with a child under a trellis - François Boucher -
A washerwoman at a fountain with a child under a trellis
An Autumn Pastoral (detail) 1749 - François Boucher -
An Autumn Pastoral (detail) 1749
Pastorale (detail) 1761 - François Boucher -
Pastorale (detail) 1761
Lady with an Umbrella - François Boucher -
Lady with an Umbrella
Amor as a prisoner - François Boucher -
Amor as a prisoner
The Milliner (The Morning) 1746 - François Boucher -
The Milliner (The Morning) 1746
Companions of Diana - François Boucher -
Companions of Diana
Returning from Market 1767 - François Boucher -
Returning from Market 1767
The fountain of love - François Boucher -
The fountain of love
A seated female nude - François Boucher -
A seated female nude
Rinaldo and Armida 1734 - François Boucher -
Rinaldo and Armida 1734

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