François Boucher
French, 1703 - 1770
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High auction record
$2m, Sotheby's, 2014
Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, J. Paul Getty Museum, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Selected exhibitions
2018
Casanova: The Seduction of Europe,
Legion of Honor
2017
Casanova: The Seduction of Europe,
Kimbell Art Museum
2013
Old Master Drawings,
Christie's Old Masters

In 1765, François Boucher was awarded the two highest honors among the French arts establishment—appointed as first painter to the king and head of The Royal Academy. Boucher was one of the most celebrated decorative artists of the 18th century, known for formulating and championing the style of Rococo through revival of the idealized, pastoral landscape. Born in France, Boucher moved to Italy in 1728 where was immersed in the Italian countryside and the study of Baroque, 17th-century Dutch landscape painters, and 18th-century Venetian works. Upon return to Paris, he began producing large-scale mythological paintings, combining his early reference points in a playful, lighthearted way. Boucher pictured a landscape filled with shepherdesses and classical divinities, combining the traditional innocence of rural pastoral views with his decorative allegories, erotic scenes, and voluptuous …

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