Boucher was the pet painter of the seductive Marquise de Pompadou. The beautiful Marquise often invited the handsome young artist for private painting sessions in her royal chambers while her aging lover, King Louis XV, was away tending courtly matters.
a youth Boucher's controlling father insisted that the boy apprentice as
a designer of embroidery patterns to the celebrated François Lemoyne.
Francois soon tired of this tedious girly work and quit to toil in the
studio of engraver and illustrator Jean-Francois
Cause of Death - Old Age
Boucher's favorite subjects and themes were buxom milkmaids and nubile young shepherdess. He often employed local peasant girls as his models.
Bernardo Bellotto Italian,1720-1780
Francois Boucher French, 1703-1770
Canaletto Italian, 1697-1768
Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin French, 1699-1779
Jean-Honoré Fragonard French, 1732-1806
Thomas Gainsborough English, 1727-1823
Francisco de Goya Spanish, 1746-1828
Thomas Hudson English,1701-1779
Jean-Marc Nattier French, 1685-1766
Joshua Reynolds English, 1723-1792
Paul Sandby English, 1730-1809
Jean Antoine Watteau French, 1684-1721
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