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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La Bonne Mere Villageoise - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
La Bonne Mere Villageoise
The Four Seasons Summer 1755 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Four Seasons Summer 1755
A Young Mother With Two Children And A Dog - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Young Mother With Two Children And A Dog
Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas (detail) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas (detail)
Love Letters - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Love Letters
Triumph of Venus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Triumph of Venus
The Birth and Triumph of Venus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Birth and Triumph of Venus
The beautiful cooker - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The beautiful cooker
The Painter In His Studio - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Painter In His Studio
Capriccio View from the Campo Vaccino 1734 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Capriccio View from the Campo Vaccino 1734
The Rape of Europa 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Rape of Europa 2
'La Petite Reposee' - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
'La Petite Reposee'
The lunch - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The lunch
Hagar And Ishmael In The Desert - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Hagar And Ishmael In The Desert
Rinaldo and Armida - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Rinaldo and Armida
Toilet of Venus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Toilet of Venus
The Triumph of Venus (detail) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Triumph of Venus (detail)
Putti With Doves, A Fragment - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Putti With Doves, A Fragment
The bridge - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The bridge
Earth - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Earth
Head of a young girl turned to the right - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Head of a young girl turned to the right
Young Shepherd In A Landscape - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Young Shepherd In A Landscape
The Dispatch of the Messenger 1765 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Dispatch of the Messenger 1765
The Enlévement of Europe - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Enlévement of Europe

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