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François Boucher

French Painter, Draughtsman and Etcher

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Movement: The Rococo

Born: September 29, 1703 - Paris, France

Died: May 30, 1770 - Paris, France

"Nature is too green, and poorly lit."


As Paris teetered on the edge of revolution, King Louis XV and his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, eagerly supported Boucher's visions of an idealistic world. His celebration of noble grace and elegance, along with his flirtatious and eroticized explorations of beauty decorated the refined spaces of aristocratic life. At the same time, his sensuous portraits captured the emergence of Enlightenment philosophy and the aristocratic Salons that nurtured these thinkers. Boucher's work is a seminal example of a more complex Rococo style, full of contradictions that combine tradition and beauty with innovation.

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