French 18th-century painters would often allude to the work of their 17th-century predecessors. Here, François Boucher refers to landscapes by the French classical painter Claude Lorrain. Both paintings feature a water mill balanced by trees on the opposite side of the composition. Furthermore, in this landscape Boucher includes a temple in the distance that is based on the Temple of the Sybil at Tivoli, another favorite classical Claudian motif. Compared to his 17th-century predecessor, Boucher applies paint more thickly, in lighter strokes, resulting in a lush, decorative density typical of the Rococo.


  • Title: Landscape with a Water Mill
  • Creator: François Boucher
  • Date Created: 1740
  • Physical Dimensions: w1631.95 x h1303.27 in (Unframed)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Culture: French

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