François Boucher

1703-1770 France-Rococo

 

Brief Biography-François Boucher was born in Paris. Nicolas his father was a painter and sold prints, illustrations and artist's materials in his shop in the Rue de la Verrerie where he nurtured his son's talent for painting at an early age. When he was seventeen he began studying in the studio of the renowned artist François Lemoyne. The style of Lemoyne's paintings was a more decorative style of Baroque which inspired Boucher to develop the Rococo style. He quickly found work with the engraver Jean Francois Cars and came to the attention of Jean Antoine Watteau who hired him to do engravings of his drawings. In 1727, he went to Italy with Carle van Loo on an educational tour which he later stated was more out of curiosity than of interest in Italy. When he returned to Paris he gained admittance to the Academy by the year 1733, and in that year he married Marie-Jeanne Buseau. His wife was to become his model for characters in numerous paintings. In 1735, he had his first royal commission and was working for a tapestry factory led by Jean-Baptiste Oudry. By this time, he was inundated with royal commissions and Madame de Pompadour kept him busy with a variety of tasks from painting her bedroom to doing a panel in her chapel. In 1752 he had his own studio in the Louvre where he had assistants such as Jean-Honore Fragonard and later the renowned Jacques-Louis David for a brief period. In later years, he took over the positions of Kings Painter and Directorship of the Academy. In the late 1760s, he travelled to Holland whilst in a weak condition which led to his demise in 1770.

 

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the
Grapes

Are they Thinking of Grapes

Madame
de Pompadour

Madame de Pompadour

Madame de
Pompadour two

Madame de Pompadour two

The
Mill

The Mill

The
Bridge

The Bridge

Afternoon
Meal

The Afternoon Meal

Rising of
the Sun

The Rising of the Sun

Setting
of the Sun

Setting of the Sun

Mademoiselle
O'Murphy

Mademoiselle O'Murphy

La
Modiste

La Modiste

Diana
Resting

Diana Resting after her Bath

Toilet of
Venus

Toilet of Venus

Triumph
of Venus

Triumph of Venus

the
Landscape

Landscape near Beauvais

Venus
et l'amour

Venus et l'amour

The Birth
of Venus

The Birth of Venus

Rape
of Europa

The Rape of Europa

The
Toilette

The Toilette

Summer
Pastoral

A Summer Pastoral

Venus Demanding
Arms

Venus Demanding Arms from Vulcan for Aeneas

An Autumn
Pastoral

An Autumn Pastoral

Painter in his
Studio

Painter in his Studio

Amor
a Prisoner

Amor a Prisoner

Amor
Comforted

Venus Comforts Amor

The Artist's
Daughter

The Artist's Daughter

Heracles and
Omphale

Heracles and Omphale

Jupiter and
Kallisto

Jupiter und Kallisto

Toilet
of Venus

The Toilet of Venus

Country
Life

Charms of Country Life

Landscape with a
Cherry Picker

Landscape with a Cherry Picker

Landscape with
Brother of Lucas

Landscape with the Brother of Lucas

Louis Philippe
of Orleans

Louis Philippe of Orleans

Madame
Bergeret

Madame Bergeret

Madame de
Pompadour

Portrait of Madame de Pompadour

Rinaldo
and Armida

Rinaldo and Armida

River Landscape
with Ruin

River Landscape with Ruin and Bridge

The Fountain
of Love

The Fountain of Love

The Beautiful
Stove

The Beautiful Stove

The Gallant
Fisherman

The Gallant Fisherman

The Geniuses
of the Arts

The Geniuses of the Arts

The Light of the
World

The Light of the World

The
Forest

The Forest

Chinese
Fisheries

Chinese Fisheries

Vulcan
Presenting Venus

Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas

Girl
in a Park

Girl in a Park

an allegory
of music

an allegory of music

an allegory
of poetry

an allegory of poetry