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Francois Boucher - master of graceful style, paintings and biography

Francois Boucher - master of graceful style, paintings and biography

The son of a drawing teacher and a drafter of embroidery has a direct path to artists, or draftsmen. But the son of the pattern designer Nicolas Boucher from childhood showed such abilities that his father decided to give his offspring to the studio of a real artist.

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

Francois has always been very obedient, executive and complaisant. He had no problems with behavior and all his teachers were delighted with his hard work and diligence. The future royal artist quickly gained experience, tried himself at once in several types of fine art. Father wanted to see him as a draftsman and decorator - Boucher creates several wallpaper patterns that customers liked. Teachers of Francois offer him to try himself in engraving, the student painstakingly applies drawings to copper plates and is also not unsuccessful.

Boucher received his first academic prize at the age of 20. His painting on the biblical plot met all the requirements of the Rococo fashion. She was bright, elegant, decorative, emotional and shallow in meaning. I must say that Francois Boucher quickly understood what the public required of him and never deviated from the uncomplicated supply of techniques, color, plot choice, which dictates to him the fashion and aesthetic preferences of the aristocracy.

An important role in the creative life of Boucher was played by the creation of engravings on the paintings of Watteau. This painstaking creative work over the course of two years allowed Bush to learn the manner of a talented master.

A study trip to Italy, which the artist made thanks to a scholarship from the academy, had virtually no effect on the work of Boucher. By this time, he had already decided on his style and used a business trip to search for wealthy customers.

True fame came to Bush in 1730. It was at this time that the artist was introduced to Madame Pompadour, the royal favorite. Despite the fact that the artist never painted portraits, he gladly agrees to make several portraits of the beloved king. I liked the portrait and for the master golden days are coming.

Boucher decorates and paints apartments in Versailles, works in other royal residences. Gradually, more and more piquancy appears in his works. The eroticism of his stories displeases the Church, but all these delights appear according to the requirements of Pompadour. The artist remains untouchable for criticizing the clergy.

Numerous works by Boucher on biblical, allegorical and everyday themes adorned the richest aristocratic salons. The hardworking and diligent master, in addition to painting, draws opera performances, draws sketches for the tapestry factory.

Creative luck turned its back on Boucher after the new style - classicism - began to gain popularity in Europe. Together with the new style, all the piquant and illusory works of the artist ceased to interest the public, and with the death of Pompadour, the support of the king remained in the past.

The last years of the artist passed in silence of oblivion, but Boucher’s financial situation was never disastrous. After himself, he left a very solid state.


Watch the video: Boucher François-Rococò (December 2021).