The painter of happiness and romanticism: François BOUCHER


« The Bird Catchers » (1748)

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François BOUCHER

François Boucher, born September 29, 1703 in Paris where he died May 30, 1770, is a French painter.
Boucher is the best representative of the « rococo style »

(the « rococo style » is characterized by: The fantasy of curved and asymmetrical lines, the use of light colors, the patterns mixing flowers, leaves, fruits, ribbons, etc. and the insertion of paintings and mirrors.)

« François Boucher » by Gustav Lundberg (1741)

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Boucher won the Prix de Rome in 1723 but had little admiration in Italy. In 1734 he became a member of the Royal Academy and the following year obtained his first commission for Versailles; in 1749 he began to teach engraving and drawing to Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour, and in 1765, he was appointed first painter to the king and director of the Academy.
Boucher’s paintings and drawings celebrated a silvery world shimmering with perfumes and powders. His designs had a significant impact on the decorative arts across Europe, particularly in Sèvres, where his designs were painted and modeled in porcelain.

« Rinaldo and Armida » (1734)

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« Fishing » (1757)

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