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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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Rinaldo and Armida 1734 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Rinaldo and Armida 1734
A River Landscape With A Woman Crossing A Bridge And... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A River Landscape With A Woman Crossing A Bridge And...
Chine style 7 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Chine style 7
Washerwomen 1768 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Washerwomen 1768
The Visit Of Venus To Vulcan - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Visit Of Venus To Vulcan
La Belle Cuisiniere - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
La Belle Cuisiniere
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour 1759 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour 1759
Chine style 4 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Chine style 4
Autumn (detail) 1745 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Autumn (detail) 1745
A Chinese Potentate Carried On A Litter By Two Boys - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Chinese Potentate Carried On A Litter By Two Boys
Woman's head - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Woman's head
L'Amour moissonneur - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
L'Amour moissonneur

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