François Boucher (1703 – 1770): Dreaming Shepherdess, c

François Boucher (1703 – 1770): Dreaming Shepherdess, c

5/18/2021, 10:10:35 AM
François Boucher (1703 – 1770): Dreaming Shepherdess, c. 1763, Oil on canvas, 60 x 47 cm, Residenzgalerie, Salzburg Pastoral scenes - so-called pastorale - were typical of French painting under Louis XV. They developed from the "fêtes galantes" of Antoine Watteau, who depicted courtiers disporting themselves in park-like landscapes, and from the "fêtes champêtres" - the rural festivals of Jean-Baptiste Pater, who combined court and country life. Boucher was the first to create high-quality pastorale, laying down the standards for the genre and showing idealised scenes from the love life of amorous shepherds and shepherdesses.

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