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François Boucher

(1703-1770)

Boucher’s paintings epitomize the frivolous excesses of the mid 18th century making him one of the truest exponents of the full-blown Rococo style. He was one of the most sought-after decorators in Paris. Boucher is most magnificent with his depictions of the classical gods and sentimental pastoral and genre scenes. His pictures are charmingly coquettish with soft, pink flesh set among frothy and false vegetation. All the details in his paintings are painted with great technical skill.

Key artwork: The Toilette of Venus, 1751

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