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François Boucher

French painter, etcher, and draftsman

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
French Rococo artist who epitomizes the frivolous and elegant court life of France in the mid-18th century. During his early career he was closely associated with Watteau, many of whose paintings he engraved. Boucher was a successful and incredibly prolific artistic who had a major impact on both fine and decorative art of the 18th century. He is particularly noted for having reinvented the genre of the pastoral, creating images of shepherds and shepherdesses as sentimental lovers that was taken up in a variety of medium. Boucher's sketchy manner of painting helped to promote painterliness as an end in itself. This trend dominated French painting until the emergence of Neoclassicism, when the tides of criticism turned against Boucher and his followers.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500032143.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to François Boucher:

After François Boucher Reclining Male Nude, 18th century Red chalk drawing on laid paper
Pierre-Alexandre Aveline after François Boucher Venus and Amor, ca. 1730-1740 Etching and engraving on laid paper
Louis-Marin Bonnet after François Boucher Head of a Young Woman, in Profile from the Right, 1768 Crayon manner etching printed in red, black, blue, pink, green, mustard yellow, and white on medium-weight pale brown laid paper
Louis-Marin Bonnet after François Boucher Female Figure on a Bed (Figure de femme sur un lit), before 1764 Crayon-manner engraving printed in black and white inks on fine blue laid paper
Jean Claude Richard de Saint-Non after François Boucher The Hurdy-gurdy Player (Le jouer de vieille), 1775 Aquatint and lavis printed in black ink on heavyweight off-white laid paper
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