Boucher was perhaps the most celebrated decorative artist of the 18th century, with most of his work reflecting the Rococo style. By the time he was 20 Boucher had already won the elite Grand Prix de Rome. On his return from Italy 1n 1731, he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture as a historical painter, and became a faculty member in 1734. He Premier Peintre du Roi (First Painter of the King) in 1765.
His art typically forgoes traditional rural innocence to portray scenes with a definitive style of eroticism, and his mythological scenes are passionate and amorous rather than traditionally epic. Marquise de Pompadour (mistress of King Louis XV) was a great fan of Boucher’s, and it is particularly in his portraits of her that the rococo style is clearly exemplified.
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