Physical Dimensions: w1620 x h1300 cm (without frame)
Artist Information: François Boucher is considered one of the leading proponents of the French Rococo. He studied first under painter François Lemoyne and then also trained in engraving. After a period in Rome from 1727–1731, he returned to France and in 1734 became a member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris. This marked the start of an outstanding career – he exhibited at the Paris Salon, undertook Royal commissions and was much sought after by pricely and aristocratic clients across Europe. He was, for example, a regular artist for King Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour.
He was a particularly versatile artist and his works addressed a whole range of different styles, from mythological scenes and portraits to landscapes and religious motifs, all executed with a light touch and vivid colouring. Alongside his easel work, he was also an illustrator and created original designs for decorative art, tapestries and various arts and crafts.
His imagery revolved around a number of motifs characteristic of French Rococo – mythological figures, pastoral scenes, chinoiserie, putti and various kinds of ornamentation. His subjects were also copied by painters and pattern designers across Europe and were reproduced in paintings and furnishings, on furniture, carriage doors, porcelain, boxes and all kinds of other objects.