2016年8月29日 星期一

François Boucher1703-1770

National Gallery of Art
23小時
Let your eye wander over François Boucher's "The Bath of Venus." In Enlightenment France, a dedicated search to define truth engendered a re-evaluation of the natural. The belief that it was right to follow nature, and that the pursuit of pleasure was natural, influenced the conception of the nude. In his work, Boucher explored his century's interest in the relationship between the rational and the sensual.
In this work, the mythological goddess Venus has lost any allusions to classical history painting. Venus is an object of beauty, located in a lush garden setting. She attempts to restrain a pouting Cupid as two putti point to the scene in mocking disapproval. Boucher renders Venus in porcelain tones, delicately accented in pink, her body highlighted against luscious blue velvet and silk. The artist's success in communicating the charm and sensuality of the nude lies, to a large extent, in his mastery of color and fluid brushstrokes.
François Boucher, "The Bath of Venus," 1751, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection


National Gallery of Art
Of the more than 1,000 paintings François Boucher produced, only about 20 are portraits. What do you notice in this portrait of "Madame Bergeret"? Marguerite Bergeret was the wife and sister of important art patrons. Her refined tastes influenced French art for two decades, and Boucher would become her favorite painter.
The fresh glow of Marguerite's complexion, the rich, shimmery fabric of her gown, and the profusion of roses are all typical of Boucher's style. In this portrait, he captured the grace of a pampered way of life, of an aristocrat who "really has nothing else to do but seek pleasant sensations and feelings." Do you agree?
François Boucher, "Madame Bergeret," possibly 1766, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection

Happy Valentine’s Day! How many cupids do you see in Boucher’s large-scale painting, on view in the Kahn Building south gallery?



François Boucher
Boucher par Gustav Lundberg 1741.jpg
Portrait of François Boucher by Gustaf Lundberg(1741)
Born29 September 1703
ParisKingdom of France
Died30 May 1770 (aged 66)
Paris, Kingdom of France
Nationality French
Known forPainting
MovementRococo
François Boucher, Portrait of Marie-Louise O'Murphy c. 1752, oil on canvas, 59 x 73 cm., (23.23 × 28.74 in), Wallraf-Richartz MuseumCologne

François Boucher (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃swa buʃe]) (29 September 1703 – 30 May 1770) was a French painter in the Rococo style. Boucher is known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, 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.


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