Francois Boucher (1703-1770) was a prominent French painter and decorative artist who worked during the Rococo period, known for his playful and sensuous depictions of courtly life, mythological scenes, and pastoral idylls.

Boucher was particularly well-known for his ability to create enchanting and lighthearted compositions that delighted his patrons, who were mainly members of the French aristocracy and royalty. His clients included King Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour (the king’s mistress and a major patron of the arts), the Duke of Orleans, the Countess of Barry, and other noble families who wanted to commission paintings and decorative works for their homes and palaces.

Boucher’s works were highly sought after for their beauty, grace, and charm, and he was one of the most important artists of his time, with a significant impact on the development of French art and design.

Francois Boucher’s paintings are still highly regarded today for their beauty, technical virtuosity, and their role in defining the Rococo style. His works are noted for their sensuous and playful quality, which appealed to the aristocracy of his time and continue to charm modern viewers.

Boucher’s paintings are often criticized, however, for their lack of substance and depth. Many of his compositions were designed primarily to please his clients and flatter their vanity, and as a result, his works can be seen as somewhat superficial and decorative.

Despite these criticisms, Boucher’s legacy as a master of the Rococo style remains secure. His works are valued not only for their aesthetic appeal but also for their historical significance and the insight they provide into the artistic andf cultural trends of 18th-century France.

There are several books that catalog François Boucher’s entire oeuvre, including his paintings, drawings, and decorative works. One of the most comprehensive and authoritative catalogs is “Francois Boucher: Seductive Visions” by Alastair Laing, published by the Getty Museum in 2003.

This book contains over 300 illustrations, including color reproductions of Boucher’s most important works, and provides a detailed analysis of his style, techniques, and artistic development. It also includes a bibliography, a chronology of Boucher’s life, and essays by leading scholars in the field.

Boucher, Peintures Volume I & II  is another . A massive work,  in  2 vols.  A catalog raisonne and expansive treatment of the life and work of Rococo style artist Francois Boucher (1703-1770). Volume one starts with a “Tableau Chronologique” that begins with Boucher’s birth; includes texts of letters, references and reviews; and ends with a critique by Maurice Serrulaz from an exhibition catalog in Paris in 1974. The second half of the volume begins the “Catalogue des Peintures.” Each entry includes the origin, provenance, bibliography, and exhibition of the piece. The catalog continues in Volume two, where a comprehensive bibliography and detailed index conclude the set. 



The largest collections of François Boucher’s works can be found in several museums and institutions around the world, particularly in Europe and the United States. Some of the most notable collections include:

  1. The Louvre Museum in Paris, France – The Louvre has an extensive collection of Boucher’s works, including many of his most famous paintings, drawings, and prints.

  2. The Wallace Collection in London, UK – The Wallace Collection has one of the most important collections of Boucher’s paintings, with several major works on display.

  3. The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia – The Hermitage has a large collection of Boucher’s paintings, drawings, and decorative works, many of which were acquired during the reign of Catherine the Great.

  4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, USA – The Met has a significant collection of Boucher’s works, including several of his most famous paintings, such as “The Toilet of Venus” and “The Interrupted Sleep.” All images here are from The Metropolitan Museum Of Arts Digital Collection

  5. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, USA – The Getty has an important collection of Boucher’s paintings, drawings, and prints, including several major works acquired in recent years.

In addition to these institutions, there are also several private collections of Boucher’s works, many of which are held by European and American art collectors.

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