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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The Triumph of Venus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Triumph of Venus
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
Bacchus and Erigone - Bacchus und Erigone (Erigone... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Bacchus and Erigone - Bacchus und Erigone (Erigone...
The Forest 1740 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Forest 1740
A Young Woman And Youth Placing Young Birds In A Cage... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Young Woman And Youth Placing Young Birds In A Cage...
The Muse Erato - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Muse Erato
Danae - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Danae
Diana as a huntress - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Diana as a huntress
Nymphs, Satyrs, And Putti With Silenus Near An Altar... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Nymphs, Satyrs, And Putti With Silenus Near An Altar...
Chine style 3 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Chine style 3
Seated Nude 1738 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Seated Nude 1738
A Roman man carrying fasces and arms, seen from behind - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
A Roman man carrying fasces and arms, seen from behind

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