Francois Boucher - Romantic Artist

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François Boucher (29 September 1703 – 30 May 1770) was a French painter, known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories representing the arts or pastoral occupations. He also painted several portraits of his illustrious patroness, Madame de Pompadour.

François Boucher was perhaps the most celebrated decorative artist of the 18th century, with most of his work reflecting the Rococo style. At the young age of 17, Boucher was apprenticed by his father to François Lemoyne, however after only three months he went to work for the engraver Jean-François Cars. Within three years Boucher had already won the elite Grand Prix de Rome, although he did not take up the consequential opportunity to study in Italy until four years later. On his return from studying in Italy in 1731, he was admitted to the Académie de peinture et de sculpture as a historical painter, and became a faculty member in 1734.

His career accelerated from this point, as he advanced from professor to Rector of the Academy, becoming head of the Royal Gobelins factory in 1755.

Focusing on romantic themes and idyllic landscapes he developed a distinctive style much copied during his career. He was seen as the embodiment of the rococo style which emphasized elegance over reality and was associated with the reign of Louis XV.

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