FRANÇOIS
BOUCHER
(1704-1770)
 

  • Biography:
     
         Boucher born in París, was educated in a decorator surronding at the head of which we could find Lemoyne. It was him who introduced Boucher to mythologic subjets and to the world of nudes. Boucher is a lover of female sensuality, beautiful women and exquisit atmosphere.

         His great protector is madame de Pompadour, Luis XV's lover, to who he was a drawing teacher. Boucher was named paintor of the king. From this moment on he will start to sufer great criticisms on behalf of the illustrators. According to them, art should be didactic and shouldn't take pleasure in frivolities. A taste for Neoclasicism began to impose itself.

    F. Boucher: El baño de Diana, c.1742. F. Boucher, Diana Resting after her Bath, c.1742, oil on canvas, Musée du Louvre, París.
    F. Boucher: La marquesa de Pompadour, c.1758. F. Boucher, Madame de Pompadour, c.1758, oil on canvas, Victoria & Albert Museum.
    F. Boucher: The Birth of Venus F. Boucher, The Birth of Venus 1740, Oil on canvas, 130 x 162, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.
    F. Boucher: Louise O'Murphy (Girl Reclining) F. Boucher, Louise O'Murphy (Girl Reclining), 1751, oil on canvas, 59,5 x 73,5 , Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne.

  • Written by:
    Beatriz Aragonés Escobar.
    Bachelor of History of Art


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