Francois Boucher.

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Francois Boucher,French painter, Born in Paris, the son of a lace designer ,noted for his pastoral and mythological scenes, whose work embodies the frivolity and sensuousness of the rococo style, perhaps the most celebrated decorative artist of the 18th century, with most of his work reflecting the Rococo style. He studied with the painter François Le Moyne, however, Antoine Watteau was the major influence on his art, throughout his career. In 1723 Boucher won the Prix de Rome; he studied in Rome from 1727 to 1731. After his return to France, he created hundreds of paintings, decorative panels, tapestry designs, theater designs, and book illustrations. He became a faculty member of the Royal Academy in 1734 In 1765 he was made first painter to the king, director of the Royal Academy, and designer for the Royal Porcelain Works. The Marquise de Pompadour was his patron, and she encouraged him with his work greatly. He painted her portrait many times. Francois Boucher was a French Rococo painter, engraver, and designer, who best illustrate the frivolity and elegant superficiality of French court life at the middle of the 18th century. Along with his painting, Boucher also designed theatre costumes and sets, and the ardent intrigues of the comic operas of Favart (1710-1792) closely parallel his own style of painting.

Francois Boucher died on 30 May 1770 in Paris. His name, along with that of his patron Madame de Pompadour, had become synonymous with the French Rococo style, leading the Goncourt brothers to write: “Boucher is one of those men who represent the taste of a century, who express, personify and embody it.