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Francois Boucher

Born 1703——Died 1770
French Artist
Biography

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, a the son of decorator 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.

His career accelerated from this point, as he advanced from professor to Rector of the Academy, becoming head of the Royal Gobelin factory in 1755 and finally Premier Peintre du Roi (First Painter of the King) in 1765.

Reflecting inspiration gained from the artists Watteau and Rubens, Boucher's early work celebrates the idyllic and tranquil, portraying nature and landscape with great élan. However, his art typically forgoes traditional rural innocence to portray scenes with a definitive style of eroticism, and his mythological scenes are passionate and amorous rather than traditionally epic. Marquise de Pompadour (mistress of King Louis XV), whose name became synonymous with Rococo art, was a great fan of Boucher's, and it is particularly in his portraits of her that this style is clearly exemplified.

Paintings such as The Breakfast of 1739, a family scene, also show Boucher as a master of the genre scene, as he regularly used his own wife and family as models. These intimate family scenes are, however, in contrast to the 'licentious' style, as seen in his Odalisque portraits. The dark-haired version of the Odalisque portraits prompted claims by Diderot that Boucher was "prostituting his own wife", and the Blonde Odalisque was a portrait that illustrated the extra-marital relationships of the King. Boucher gained lasting notoriety through such private commissions for wealthy collectors and, after the ever-moral Diderot expressed his disapproval, his reputation came under increasing critical attack during the last of his creative years.

Along with his painting, Boucher also designed theatre costumes and sets, and the ardent intrigues of the comic operas of Favart (1710-1792) closely parallel his own style of painting. Tapestry design was also an interest and major activity of his, together with his design activities for the opera and the royal palaces of Versailles, Fontainebleau and Choisy. His designs for all of the aforementioned augmented his earlier reputation, resulting in many engravings from his work and even reproduction of his themes onto porcelain and biscuit-ware at the Vincennes and Sèvres factories.

Francois Boucher died on May 30, 1770 in Paris, France. His name, along with that of his patron Madame de Pompadour, had become synonymous with the French Rococo style, leading the Goncourt brothers to write: "Boucher is one of those men who represent the taste of a century, who express, personify and embody it."

 

 

Art Work
A Summer Pastoral, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF389
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
A Summer Pastoral
Original Size:
259 x 197cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Adoration of the Shepherds, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF390
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Adoration of the Shepherds
Original Size:
cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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An Autumn Pastoral, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF391
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
An Autumn Pastoral
Original Size:
260 x 199cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Are They Thinking About the Grape, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF392
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Are They Thinking About the Grape
Original Size:
cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Brown Odalisk, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF393
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Brown Odalisk
Original Size:
cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Diana resting after her Bath, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF394
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Diana resting after her Bath
Original Size:
cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Dianas Return from the Hunt, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF395
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Dianas Return from the Hunt
Original Size:
cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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La Toilette, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF396
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
La Toilette
Original Size:
cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Leda and the Swan, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF397
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Leda and the Swan
Original Size:
cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Madame de Pompadour, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF398
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Madame de Pompadour
Original Size:
72.5 x 57cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Morning Coffee, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF399
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Morning Coffee
Original Size:
cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Nude on a Sofa, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF400
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Nude on a Sofa
Original Size:
59 x 73cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF401
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour
Original Size:
91 x 68cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Rinaldo and Armida, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF402
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Rinaldo and Armida
Original Size:
cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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Shepherd and Shepherdess Reposing, reproduction of Francois Boucher
Art work details
Item Number:
WHF403
Original Artist:
Francois Boucher
Original Name:
Shepherd and Shepherdess Reposing
Original Size:
77 x 64cm
Original Medium: oil on canvas
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