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Boucher, Francois

Born: 1703 AD
Died: 1770 AD
Nationality: French
Categories: Painters

1703 – Born on September 29th in Paris, France.


1720 – At the age of 17 he was apprenticed by his father, a designer of embroidery patterns, to François Lemoyne.


1731-1734 – Admitted to the Academy as a historical painter and become a member.


1739 – Paintings such as The Breakfast also show Boucher as a master of the genre scene in which he regularly used his own wife and family as models.


1755-1765 – His career was hugely successful and he received many honours, becoming Director of the Gobelins factory.


                – Director of the Academy and King’s Painter.


                – He was not only a painter, he also designed theatre costumes and sets, and the amorous intrigues of the comic operas of Favart involving shepherds and shepherdesses, closely parallel his own style of painting.


1770 – Died on May 30th in Paris, France. His name had become synonymous with the French Rococo style, along with that of his patron, Madame de Pompadour.