Painter François Boucher was an important French artist who created works in the charming Rococo style. He was inspired by several sources, ranging from Classical mythology to more contemporary (and in this case, contemporary means the Eighteenth century) pursuits and passions. Indeed, Boucher is best known for his fashionably frivolous depictions of rosy-cheeked aristocratic ladies, pudgy putti, and idealized mythological subjects.
François Boucher's paintings often reflect the desires of the upper classes, and for this reason, he became an influential court artist. In many of his works, putti frolic against delicate, flower-strewn landscapes. These idyllic representations of imaginary settings reveal contemporary cravings for escapist fantasy. Additionally, the designs of many of Boucher's paintings also demonstrate a stylistic change. The artist abandoned the visual stability of symmetry in favor of asymmetry. Indeed, the excitement and movement that asymmetric compositions allow developed into an essential aspect of the Rococo style.
To learn more about François Boucher and his paintings, select a title and click on one (or more) of the links above. And if you want to know even more about Boucher, his life, and his work, there are recommended books on the pages of this section.
Baroque and Rococo
Germain Bazin has written a delightful introduction to the art and artists of the Baroque and Rococo periods. Chapters explore the development of these important art movements in various countries, from Italy, to France, to Great Britain. And plenty of pictures accompany the text.
The Art Book
This book is sure to enhance any art lover's library. Color images grace the pages, and every picture is accompanied by a concise description of each featured work and artist.