François Boucher – master of fine style

François Boucher - master of fine style - 1

  • Date of birth: 29 Sep 1703
  • Date of death: 30 may 1770
  • Country: France


Son of an art teacher and the compiler of patterns for embroidery direct route to the artists or draughtsmen. For France, 18th century draughtsman and decorator even better, it is a sure piece of bread. But the son of a draughtsman of patterns Nicolas Boucher from childhood showed such ability that his father decided to give his son to the workshop of an artist.

So Francois got the opportunity to learn from Lemoine and Kars – the most prominent artists of the first half of the 18th century in France.

Francois has always been very docile, Executive and flexible. He had no behavior problems and his teachers were in awe of his diligence and diligence. The future Royal artist quickly gained experience, dabbled in several forms of art. The father wanted him to see painter and decorator – Bush creates several Wallpaper patterns you like customers. Teacher Francois offered him to try his hand at engraving, a diligent student is presented with pictures on copper plates and also without success.

His first academic prize Bush received at the age of 20 years. His painting on the biblical story met all the requirements of fashion for Rococo. She was bright, delicate, decorative, emotional, and shallow meaning. I must say that Francois Boucher quickly realized that it requires the audience and never deviated from simple inventory techniques, coloring, scene choices it dictates the fashion and the aesthetic preferences of the aristocracy.

An important role in the creative life of the Bush was played by the work on the creation of prints from the paintings of Watteau. This painstaking creative work for the past two years have allowed the Bush to examine the manner of a gifted master.

Study visit to Italy, which the artist has made thanks to the scholarship of the Academy, did not affect the creativity of the Bush. By this time he already decided in his manner and used the trip to search for rich customers.

The real fame came to the Bush in 1730. It was at this time the artist to represent Madame de Pompadour – Royal mistress. Despite the fact that portraits the artist never wrote, he gladly agrees to take some portraits of the beloved king. Portrait like and to master comes the Golden age.

Bush decorates and paints apartments in Versailles and work in other Royal residences. Gradually, his work appears more spice. The eroticism of his stories causes the displeasure of the Church, but all of these delights appear on the requirements Pompadour. The artist remains untouchable for criticism of the clergy.

Numerous works by the Bush on the biblical, allegorical, and social themes were adorned with the richest aristocratic salons. Hardworking and diligent master, in addition to painting, designs, operas, sketches for a Gobelin factory.

The creative tide has turned against Bush after the new style – classicism began to gain popularity in Europe. Along with the new style all spicy and illusory artist’s work has ceased to interest the public, and with the death of Pompadour, in the past, and support the king.

The last years of the artist held in the silence of oblivion, but the financial situation Bush was never disastrous. He left behind a very solid condition.