Francois Boucher (Paris, 29 September, 1703 - Paris, 30 May, 1770) was a very famous Rococo artist at his time and also won the prestigious Prix de Rome, too.
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So, as you can see. the interest in this artist is growing, ups and downs all considered.
Anyhow, his biography has it as teacher to, listen listen to that!, not less than Jacques-François David! Whom. in turn, was influential and teacher to Ingres.
Boucher, on the other side, took inspiration from Rubens and Watteau,
Madame de Pompadour, the famous member of the French Royal court, was his major patron.
His paintings are therefore rather frivolous and erotical, the French court having become by his time, a rather self-contained aristocratic, morally dubious and eccentric world.
L'Odalisque Brune, 1745, oil on canvas
La Toilette, 1742
La pêche chinoise, 1742
Portrait of Marquise de Pompadour