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overall: 103.5 x 130 cm (40 3/4 x 51 3/16 in.)  framed: 130.8 x 157.5 cm (51 1/2 x 62 in.)
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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 forms.

High auction record
$2.4m, 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 EuropeLegion of Honor
Rendezvous: French Master Drawings of the KupferstichkabinettKupferstichkabinett
2017
Casanova: The Seduction of EuropeKimbell Art Museum
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Allegory of Music, 1764

Oil on canvas
40 3/4 × 51 3/16 in
103.5 × 130 cm
Permanent collection
Location
Washington
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overall: 103.5 x 130 cm (40 3/4 x 51 3/16 in.)  framed: 130.8 x 157.5 cm (51 1/2 x 62 in.)
Medium
Image rights
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

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 forms.

High auction record
$2.4m, 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 (3)
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