Francois Boucher

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Francois Boucher: The French painter of mature Rococo Style 


One of the most praised decorative artists of the eighteenth century was François Boucher of France. To everybody, he was an obscure and a bit strange human being, yet interesting. It is because his life and profession not just show a significant period in art history but also an intriguing time in French history.


Early Life:

François Bouche was brought into the world in 1703, a painter, etcher, and designer whose works are viewed as an ideal articulation of French taste for the Rococo period. Boucher is known for his voluptuous and idyllic paintings on traditional themes, decorative allegories, and peaceful scenes. He was maybe the most celebrated painter and decorative artist.


Boucher married Marie-Jeanne Buzeau in 1733. The couple had three children together. Boucher turned into an employee in 1734. His career accelerated from here as he was promoted as Professor then Rector of the Academy, becoming assessor at the Royal Gobelins Manufactory finally Premier Peintre du Roi (First Painter of the King) in 1765.


Famous Artworks:


Boucher's most unique commitment to Rococo artwork was his re-evaluation of some paintings and depicting a peaceful romanticized scene populated by shepherds and shepherdesses in a silk dress, instituting scenes of erotic and nostalgic love.


In fact, his paintings like The Breakfast (1739), a familial scene, show how he was an expert on the genre scene, where he consistently used his better half and kids as models.  Boucher gained a lasting reputation through such private commissions for wealthy collectors. After Diderot communicated his approval, his reputation went under massive criticism during the last years of his career.


Final Year and Death:

Boucher is famous for his own words that the natural world was "trop verte et mal eclaire," implying too green and badly lit.  François Boucher passed on May 30, 1770, in Paris, France.