Barbara McKinney6/4/18Arts 208Francois BoucherKnown for best expressing the French taste in the rococo period, Francois Boucher wasan artist who was born in 1703 in Paris and raised in the French culture where he internalized itan in his mind, held the most accurate cultural preferences with regards to visual arts (Milam,2015). The artist died in 1770. Francois Boucher got into artists through apprenticeship, byobserving the works of Antoine Watteau and later started drawing images of farmyard cartoonsfor the Antoine Watteau tapestry factory. This would qualify the artist to draw sensuousmythological images and pastoral landscapes painting decorative commissions for the queen atVersailles. This made him famous and by 1734 he became the principal of royal designs in aporcelain factory. His popularity earned him a reputation that saw him contracted to decoratemany events- the French culture by then had numerous events that called for sophisticateddecorations (Milam, 2015).His works just like others of the rococo painting style were lavishly decorated using lightfurniture made of mahogany and glass to make the light so as to be portable (Milam, 2015).Further, for events, Francois Boucher used bright colors depending on the nature of events hewas contracted to decorate. his works were unique with the elegance they have been associatedwith and scholars of visual arts have always credited his works for this uniqueness. Naturalforms of ornamentation always came out in his work which also employed the use of exuberantcurving. These were the general features and characteristics of this kind of art at the time andFrancois Boucher only naturally adopted them later perfecting them.
Barbara McKinney6/4/18Arts 208References:Milam, J. (2015). Rococo Representations of Interspecies Sensuality and the Pursuit of Volupté.The Art Bulletin, 97(2), 192-209.