François Boucher, ‘Mucius Scaevola Putting His Hand in the Fire’, 1726, Blanton Museum of Art
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Mucius Scaevola Putting His Hand in the Fire, 1726

Black and white chalks on blue antique laid paper, laid down
18 3/10 × 15 in
46.6 × 38 cm
Location
Austin
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François Boucher
French, 1703–1770
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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.

François Boucher, ‘Mucius Scaevola Putting His Hand in the Fire’, 1726, Blanton Museum of Art
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About the work
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Courtesy Blanton Museum of Art
François Boucher
French, 1703–1770
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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.

Mucius Scaevola Putting His Hand in the Fire, 1726

Black and white chalks on blue antique laid paper, laid down
18 3/10 × 15 in
46.6 × 38 cm
Location
Austin
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