François Boucher

François Boucher

François Boucher (1703—1770) was a noted French Rococo artist, noted for his pastoral themes and decorative predilection.

François Boucher Summary

  • Born in Paris, Boucher remained a successful painter in the capital all his life
  • Became the symbol of the Rococo taste under Louis XV (1715-1774) and First Painter of the King
  • Brought erotic elements into mythological themes
  • Painted Louis XV’s mistress, Marie-Louise O’Murphy, in a highly erotic nude
  • Was a competent draftsman whose drawings were purchased as copies of paintings
  • Taught Martin Ferdinand Qadal and Jacques-Louis David

François Boucher’s Famous Paintings

  • Self-portrait in the Studio (1720)
  • The Triumph of Venus (1740)
  • Diana Leaving the Bath (1742)
  • Venus Consoling Love (1751)
  • The Toilette of Venus (1751)
  • The Bridge (1751)
  • The Blonde Odalisque (1752)
  • Madame de Pompadour (1756)
  • Vulcan Presenting Venus with Arms for Aeneas (1757)
  • Jupiter and Callisto (1759)

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