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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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The Dispatch of the Messenger 1765 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Dispatch of the Messenger 1765
Reverie - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Reverie
Diana And Callisto - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Diana And Callisto
The Triumph of Venus (detail) - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Triumph of Venus (detail)
Head of a nymph looking up to the right - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Head of a nymph looking up to the right
Pan and Syrinx 3 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Pan and Syrinx 3
The Enlévement of Europe - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Enlévement of Europe
Venus and Cupid - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Venus and Cupid
Crossing the Ford - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Crossing the Ford
Portrait of Louis Philippe Joseph, Duke of Montpensier... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of Louis Philippe Joseph, Duke of Montpensier...
Sunrise - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Sunrise
A young shepherdess presenting a flower to a shepherd - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A young shepherdess presenting a flower to a shepherd
Young Boy Holding A Bird's Nest In His Hat - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Young Boy Holding A Bird's Nest In His Hat
Shepherds with a flock by ruins, after Nicolaes Berchem - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Shepherds with a flock by ruins, after Nicolaes Berchem
An extensive river landscape with a bridge and a fortified... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
An extensive river landscape with a bridge and a fortified...
Two nymphs with putti and doves - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Two nymphs with putti and doves
An Apostle preaching, with figures in the background - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
An Apostle preaching, with figures in the background
Nymphes Et Amours - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Nymphes Et Amours
The Dream of Saint Joseph - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Dream of Saint Joseph
Untitled - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Untitled
Le Joueur De Flageolet - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Le Joueur De Flageolet
The Meeting - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Meeting
Saint Jean-Baptiste Et L'Agneau Pascal - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Saint Jean-Baptiste Et L'Agneau Pascal
Portrait of the Swedish ambassador C. G. Ticino - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Portrait of the Swedish ambassador C. G. Ticino

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