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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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Nymphes Et Amours - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Nymphes Et Amours
Le Joueur De Flageolet - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Le Joueur De Flageolet
Le passage du gue - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Le passage du gue
Untitled 4 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Untitled 4
Untitled 3 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Untitled 3
Venus in a chariot with putti and dolphins - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Venus in a chariot with putti and dolphins
The death of Meleager 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The death of Meleager 2
The young sepherdess - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The young sepherdess
Oriental Figures seated at a Table - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Oriental Figures seated at a Table
Le Pretre Joshuah Offrant Les Tresors Du Temple A Titus - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Le Pretre Joshuah Offrant Les Tresors Du Temple A Titus
The Nativity - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Nativity
The Adoration of the Magi - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Adoration of the Magi
Untitled 2 - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Untitled 2
Landscape with Kirschpflückerin - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Landscape with Kirschpflückerin
The alarm in the camp of Chilperic - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The alarm in the camp of Chilperic
The Death of Meleager - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
The Death of Meleager
Le Moulin aA  Eau A landscape with a herdsman and... - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Le Moulin aA  Eau A landscape with a herdsman and...
Les Bergers aA  la Fontaine - François Boucher - www.francoisboucher.org
Les Bergers aA  la Fontaine
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