A Dramatic and Decorative Screen in the Manner of François Boucher

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The four fold screen with a hinged frame is carved with ribbands, guilloches and bellflowers, and encloses four vertical canvas panels, expertly painted with a rich and evocative palette, in the manner of François Boucher, depicting, as is typical of his oeuvre, putti disporting themselves in romantic and stylised pastoral settings.The panels circa 1780, French.

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In the Manner of Francois Boucher (1703 – 1770)

Boucher was a French painter, draughtsman, and engraver who worked in the Rococo style. His works were characterised of idyllic classical subjects, decorative mythological scenes, and pastoral landscapes illustrated in a palette of blues and pinks and voluptuous figures. His style and designs influenced European decorative arts, from painting to porcelain to tapestry. At a young age, he completed the engravings for the French painter, Jean-Antoine Watteau. Boucher studied in France and Italy, and was accepted to the Academie de peinture et de sculpture in 1731. Thereafter, he became a fashionable portrait painter for women of the social elite, including obtaining his patroness, Madame de Pompadour, and was appointed first painter to King Louis XV in 1765.

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