{Dainty Art} Francois Boucher


Hello dolls!! Happy Monday, I hope your weekend was bliss!?! Am back with an art post, 1st one of the year I think, haha. And there is a reason I have chosen this one at the moment and you will see on Wednesday. But today, I would like to introduce you - (if you didn't know him already) to Francois Boucher! He was a French 18th century painter, draughtsman, and etcher who worked in the Rococo style, often called "The Grace Painter". Boucher is known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings of classical scenes, decorative allegories, and pastoral scenes. He was perhaps the most celebrated painter and decorative artist of the 18th century. He also painted several portraits of his patroness, Madame de Pompadour. Besides his pastoral scenes that are so romantic and dreamy, he also added some risque moments in his paintings, some that were cleverly hidden in flowers, fruit and scenery; and others that were just in your face. But, I like that bravery and risk. The women were real shapes and sizes, which is something I also love.
He took his inspirations from such artists such as Peter Paul Rubens and Antoine Watteau. His early work celebrates  the idyllic and tranquil surroundings of nature and glen. However, his art typically forgoes the rural innocence to portray scenes of eroticism as his mythological scenes are passionate and intimately amorous rather than traditional. As well as paintings, he designed costumes and sets and tapestry designs.
Boucher married Marie-Jeanne Buzeau in 1733, they had three children together. Boucher became a faculty member in 1734 and his career skyrocketed from then on as he was promoted Professor then Rector of the Academy, becoming Inspector at the Royal Gobelins Manufactory and finally Premier Peintre du Roi (First painter of the King) in 1765.
Boucher died on May 30th, 1770 in his native Paris.  His name, along with that of his patron Madame de Pompadour, had become synonymous with the French Rococo style, leading the Goncourt brothers to write: "Boucher is one of the men who represent the taste of the century, who express, personify and embody it." 
I could sit and dream in these paintings all day, I hope you like them too & maybe discovered something new. There is so much more to see and learn in books and online. Which painting do you like most? Have a lovely day dolls.

Loves & loves
xoxoxo



(Aurora and Cephalus. 1769)



(The Interrupted Sleep. 1750)


(Madame Berget Boucher. 1746)


(Madame de Pompadour)


(The Four Seasons: Spring.1755)


(Birth of Venus)


(The Love Letter. 1750)


(Above: The Setting of the Sun. 1752)

(Below: The Toilet of Venus. 1751)


22 comments

  1. Beautiful paintings:)
    Have a nice week!
    kisses❤

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  2. He was such a talented man. Thanks for the brief history lesson. I hope your week is off to a good start. Kiss the baby for me.

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  3. Boucher was a genious! Many tried to imitate him, but nobody really rose up to his level. He was simply the master of this style. I could admire The Toiler of Venus all day.

    I love the way he uses light in his paintings, I love the tenderness with which he paints women, I love the way he makes them look as if their skin was glowing. I could stare at these photographs all day too. There is calmness to his painting but also ,as you said, eroticism and boldness. It is a fascinating mix of maturity and innocence. Amazing works of art they all art!

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  4. Thank you Kizzy! I wasn't aware of Boucher before but his work is absolutely beautiful, the Toilet of Venus is enchanting XX

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  5. Boucher is one of my favorite Rococo painter and always an inspiration for me!!!
    Very interesting post Kizzy!!!

    ALISA GROMOVA

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  6. Morning Kizzy! Im so AMAZED and INSPIRED! Love this art post so much, he was a pure talent! I could sit and dream in these painting all day as well, such masterpieces! Have a good week ahead dear, many kisses and hugs! xo

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  7. oh wow he is so talented <3 I love classical art, i think a lot of classical art require a lot more skill than what some consider art nowadays.

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  8. I so love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I dreamed of walking in a long and impressive gilded gallery, the richly upholstered walls these beautiful paintings ...
    Kizzy, thank you for this dream!

    See you soon

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  10. His artwork is amazing and inspiring :) xx Maja
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  11. Beautiful post!!! so inspiring..
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  12. He was great, i know his paintings. I love this Post :)

    lovely Greetings <3

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  13. Amazing ans super inspiring darling
    xx

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  14. ehm I must admit that I didn't know this author, and I feel such an ignorant! but I like his paintings especially the interrupted sleep one!
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  15. These are so gorgeous. Hope you're having a great start to the week!

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  16. I can't believe I've never heard his name though now I'm sure I've seen some of his work before! Just so beautiful, I couldn't pick a favourite but the detail in Madame de Pompadour is just insane, that dress looks so life-like! <3

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  17. Hello dear Kizzy💖 This was very interesting. Like you, I admire his style. I always thought his work was very beautiful. Thank you for the history lesson doll. Love you!💋

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  18. This post is full of very interesting things!
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  19. I love such paints!!! These are all so beautiful!
    xoxo

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  20. I remember learning about this rococo painter and loved Boucher's work. He was very distinct in his style. I love the imagination that lies in within his works. The Toilet of Venus, and Madame de Pompadour were favourites. x
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  21. these are truly classics and i love all the period details found in each ... such ornate, distinctive work.

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