François Boucher: 10 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Are They Thinking about the Grape? (Pensent-ils au raisin?) (1747) by François Boucher (French, 1703–1770)The Art Institute of Chicago

'Although he painted a broad range of subjects and executed designs for porcelain and tapestries, François Boucher's canvases of pastoral themes represent his most influential contribution to 18th-century French art.'

Reclining Male Figure (1736) by François BoucherThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'As a middle tone, he adopted the blue paper favored by Venetian artists. A favorite painter at the French court, Boucher designed tapestries for the royal factories, Beauvais and Gobelins.'

Female Nude on a Dolphin (circa 1730 - 1740) by François BoucherMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen

'Along with Fragonard and Watteau, Boucher ranks among the most important French artists of the eighteenth century.'

Landscape with a Water Mill (1740) by François BoucherThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'Here, François Boucher refers to landscapes by the French classical painter Claude Lorrain.'

The Bird Catchers (1748) by François BoucherThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Responding to the contemporary rage for pastorals depicting amorous countryside games, François Boucher here exhibited young, fashionable couples in the act of catching birds.'

Madame de Pompadour (1754) by François BoucherNational Gallery of Victoria

'The artifice of the composition and elegance of Boucher's draughtsmanship characterize the features of Rococo design.'

Jupiter in the Guise of Diana, and the Nymph Callisto (1759) by François BoucherThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

'Boucher's voluptuous paintings, with their pastel tones, silvery light and obvious delight in seductive subject matter are the perfect example of 18th-century Rococo.'

Interior of a Barn with a Family of Coopers (about 1763–1766) by François BoucherThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Although most of these drawings have now been lost, scholars examining the records of Boucher's contemporary collectors have found various titles of similar works, such as Farmer's House in the Form of a Barn and An Interior of a Barn with Three Farmers and a Woman. This drawing therefore provides the only known record of Boucher's visit to the Netherlands.'

Venus on the Waves (1769) by François BoucherThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'François Boucher depicted a mythological world of delicate sensuality and indolence.'

Tapestry: Aurora and Cephalus, from The Hangings of François Boucher Series (about 1775 - 1778)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'This roundel imitates a painting set in an oval frame, complete with François Boucher's signature under Cephalus.'

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