Francois Boucher
French Rococo Era Painter, 1703-1770 Francois Boucher seems to have been perfectly attuned to his times, a period which had cast off the pomp and circumstance characteristic of the preceding age of Louis XIV and had replaced formality and ritual by intimacy and artificial manners. Boucher was very much bound to the whims of this frivolous society, and he painted primarily what his patrons wanted to see. It appears that their sight was best satisfied by amorous subjects, both mythological and contemporary. The painter was only too happy to supply them, creating the boudoir art for which he is so famous. Boucher was born in Paris on Sept. 29, 1703, the son of Nicolas Boucher, a decorator who specialized in embroidery design. Recognizing his sons artistic potential, the father placed young Boucher in the studio of François Lemoyne, a decorator-painter who worked in the manner of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Though Boucher remained in Lemoynes studio only a short time, he probably derived his love of delicately voluptuous forms and his brilliant color palette from the older masters penchant for mimicking the Venetian decorative painters.

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Francois Boucher The Marquise de Pompadour oil painting


The Marquise de Pompadour
1756 Alte Pinakothek, Munich
Painting ID::  143
Francois Boucher
The Marquise de Pompadour
1756 Alte Pinakothek, Munich
   
   
     

Francois Boucher Leda and the Swan oil painting


Leda and the Swan
1741 Stair Sainty Matthiesen Museum, New York
Painting ID::  144
Francois Boucher
Leda and the Swan
1741 Stair Sainty Matthiesen Museum, New York
   
   
     

Francois Boucher Diana's Return from the Hunt oil painting


Diana's Return from the Hunt
1745 Musee Cognacq-Jay
Painting ID::  145
Francois Boucher
Diana's Return from the Hunt
1745 Musee Cognacq-Jay
   
   
     

Francois Boucher The Sleeping Shepherdess oil painting


The Sleeping Shepherdess
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Painting ID::  146
Francois Boucher
The Sleeping Shepherdess
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
   
   
     

Francois Boucher The Toilet of Venus oil painting


The Toilet of Venus
1751 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Painting ID::  147
Francois Boucher
The Toilet of Venus
1751 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
   
   
     

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     Francois Boucher
     French Rococo Era Painter, 1703-1770 Francois Boucher seems to have been perfectly attuned to his times, a period which had cast off the pomp and circumstance characteristic of the preceding age of Louis XIV and had replaced formality and ritual by intimacy and artificial manners. Boucher was very much bound to the whims of this frivolous society, and he painted primarily what his patrons wanted to see. It appears that their sight was best satisfied by amorous subjects, both mythological and contemporary. The painter was only too happy to supply them, creating the boudoir art for which he is so famous. Boucher was born in Paris on Sept. 29, 1703, the son of Nicolas Boucher, a decorator who specialized in embroidery design. Recognizing his sons artistic potential, the father placed young Boucher in the studio of François Lemoyne, a decorator-painter who worked in the manner of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Though Boucher remained in Lemoynes studio only a short time, he probably derived his love of delicately voluptuous forms and his brilliant color palette from the older masters penchant for mimicking the Venetian decorative painters.

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