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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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The bridge - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The bridge
The Enlévement of Europe - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Enlévement of Europe
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
La Belle Cuisiniere - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
La Belle Cuisiniere
The Rape of Europa 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Rape of Europa 2
Rinaldo and Armida - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Rinaldo and Armida
Capriccio View from the Campo Vaccino 1734 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Capriccio View from the Campo Vaccino 1734
Triumph of Venus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Triumph of Venus
Portrait of the daughter of the artist, Oval - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of the daughter of the artist, Oval
Mercury reclining on a cloud, pointing to the sky with... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Mercury reclining on a cloud, pointing to the sky with...
A washerwoman at a fountain with a child under a trellis - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A washerwoman at a fountain with a child under a trellis
Love Letters - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Love Letters
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...
Hagar And Ishmael In The Desert - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Hagar And Ishmael In The Desert
La Bonne Mere Villageoise - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
La Bonne Mere Villageoise
Head of a young girl turned to the right - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Head of a young girl turned to the right
'La Petite Reposee' - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
'La Petite Reposee'
Shepherds Idyll 1768 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Shepherds Idyll 1768
Crossing the Bridge - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Crossing the Bridge
Diana And Callisto - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Diana And Callisto
Earth - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Earth
Portrait of Louis Philippe Joseph, Duke of Montpensier... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of Louis Philippe Joseph, Duke of Montpensier...
Toilet of Venus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Toilet of Venus
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