Thursday, March 17, 2011

François Boucher (September 29, 1703 – May 30, 1770)

The Rape of Europa

Boucher was one of the leading artists in the Rococo movement. He was strongly, and I think at points very obviously, influenced by Rubens, yet always retained his own, extremely romantic Rococo character. One thing I can say about his art is that it was extremely reflective, in all situations, of a great calm. And Boucher never did strive towards any sort of realism, even saying of nature that it is "too green and badly lit;" is it?

Landscape Near Beauvais

Allegory of Painting

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Mercury Confiding the Infant Bacchus to the Nymphs

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