François Boucher
(French, 1703 - 1770)
This person is associated with: Rococo

French Rococo painter highly celebrated in the 18th century.

He won the Prix de Rome in 1723 for his Evilmérodach, fils et successeur de Nabuchodonosor, délivre Joachim des chaînes dans lesquelles son père le retenait depuis longtemps (lost painting).

Associated with the reign of Louis XV, Boucher was the favourite artist of the king's mistress, Madame de Pompadour, for whom he painted some of his most impressive works. He well represented the ideals of the his patrons of the French aristocracy before the French revolution, who were fond of his idealized landscapes ("pastorals") with happy lovers in the foreground, or erotic depictions of Artemis and Venus. He also produced several humoristic paintings focused on fat and naughty putti, whereas they were usually just used as decorative features.

He was appointed academician in 1734, then Premier Peintre du Roi in 1765.

He was the master of Fragonard, Le Mettay, Drouais and Challe and father-in-law of Baudouin and Deshays de Colleville.


  • Alistair Laing, Les Dessins de François Boucher, Paris, Éditions Scala, 2003

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Name:François Boucher
Dates:1703 - 1770
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Top owners of works by this artist
Private collection77 artworks
Wallace Collection - London(United Kingdom - London)19 artworks
Musée du Louvre(France - Paris)19 artworks
National Gallery of Art - Washington DC(United States - Washington)14 artworks
Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie de Besançon(France - Besançon)13 artworks
The State Hermitage Museum - Saint Petersburg(Russian Federation - St. Petersburg)13 artworks
California Palace of the Legion of Honor - San Francisco(United States - San Francisco, California)11 artworks
Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY(United States - New York)9 artworks
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts(Russian Federation - Moscow)7 artworks
Frick Collection - New York(United States - New York City)6 artworks
Los Angeles County Museum of Art(United States - Los Angeles, California)5 artworks

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This person died over 70 years ago (in 1770).