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François Boucher

(1703-1770)

François Boucher Portrait

Biography

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François Boucher was born in the autumn of 1703, Rue de la Verrerie, 11th district of Paris, into the family of a modest painter and designer, Nicolas. From his father Boucher received a broad artistic training and education, however Nicolas soon realized that his son would need the supervision of a more skilled artist to fully master his talents. Thus in 1720, when Boucher turned seventeen, he entered the studio of François Lemoyne, a rising figure in art and soon to be a lead promoter of the Rococo genre. However, after only a handful of months Boucher decided that Lemoyne was a poor teacher and left the studio. Read François Boucher's Full Biography

Gustaf Lundberg. Portrait of Boucher. Portrait of Boucher. 1741. Oil on canvas. Reunion de Musées Nationaux, France.
François Boucher. Les Oies de Frère Phillippe. Les Oies de Frère Phillippe. c.1725-30. 21 x 42 cm. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Besançon, France.
François Boucher. Joseph Presenting his Father and Brothers to Pharaoh. Joseph Presenting his Father and Brothers to Pharaoh. 1723. 57.9 x 72.7 cm. Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Read Note.
François Boucher. Cupids. Cupids. . Oil on canvas, 63 x 80 cm. Kiev Museum of Western Art, Kiev, Ukraine. Read Note.
François Boucher. Aurore et Céphale. / Aurora and Cephalus. Aurore et Céphale. / Aurora and Cephalus. 1733. Oil on canvas. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nancy, France.
François Boucher. Venus at Vulcan's Forge. Venus at Vulcan's Forge. 1732. Oil on canvas. 252 x 175 cm. Louvre, Paris, France. Read Note.
François Boucher. Venus at Vulcan's Forge. Detail. Venus at Vulcan's Forge. Detail. 1732. 252 x 175 cm. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France.
François Boucher. Venus at Vulcan's Forge. Detail. Venus at Vulcan's Forge. Detail. 1732. 252 x 175 cm. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France.
François Boucher. Rape of Europa. Rape of Europa. c.1734. 234 x 277 cm. Wallace Collection, London, UK. Read Note.
François Boucher. Rape of Europa. Detail. Rape of Europa. Detail. c. 1734. 234 x 277 cm. Wallace Collection, London, UK.
François Boucher. Mercury Confiding the Infant Bacchus to the Nymphs. Mercury Confiding the Infant Bacchus to the Nymphs. 1734. 234 x 277 cm. Wallace Collection, London, UK. Read Note.
François Boucher. Renaud et Armide. Renaud et Armide. 1734. Oil on canvas. 135.5 x 170.5 cm. Louvre, Paris, France. Read Note.
François Boucher. Rinaldo and Armida. Detail. Rinaldo and Armida. Detail. 1734. Oil on canvas. 135.5 x 170.5 cm. Louvre, Paris, France.
François Boucher. Boy Holding a Parsnip. Boy Holding a Parsnip. 1738. Pastel. 39.6 x 24.1 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
François Boucher. The Crocodile Hunt. The Crocodile Hunt. 1739. 181 x 128 cm. Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France.
François Boucher. The Crocodile Hunt. Detail. The Crocodile Hunt. Detail. 1739. 181 x 128 cm. Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France.
François Boucher. Le Dejeuner / The Breakfast. Le Dejeuner / The Breakfast. 1739. 81.5 x 65.5 cm. Louvre, Paris, France.
François Boucher. Le Dejeuner / The Breakfast. Detail. Le Dejeuner / The Breakfast. Detail. 1739. 81.5 x 65.5 cm. Louvre, Paris, France.
François Boucher. Le Dejeuner / The Breakfast. Detail. Le Dejeuner / The Breakfast. Detail. 1739. 81.5 x 65.5 cm. Louvre, Paris, France.
François Boucher. The Forest. The Forest. 1740. 131 x 163 cm. Louvre, Paris, France.
François Boucher. The Triumph of Venus. The Triumph of Venus. 1740. 130 x 162 cm. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden. Read Note.
François Boucher. Leda and the Swan. Leda and the Swan. . 60 x 74 cm. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden. Read Note.
François Boucher. Leda and the Swan. Detail. Leda and the Swan. Detail. . 60 x 74 cm. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden.
François Boucher. La Toilette. La Toilette. 1742. 53 x 63 cm. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid, Spain.
François Boucher. La Toilette. Detail. La Toilette. Detail. 1742. 53 x 63 cm. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid, Spain.
François Boucher. La Toilette. Detail. La Toilette. Detail. 1742. 53 x 63 cm. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid, Spain.
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