Published: December 25, 2019

An artist in his workshop, Francois Boucher

An artist in his workshop, Francois Boucher

 

Painting by the French painter Francois Boucher "An artist in his studio." The size of the picture is 27 x 22 cm, oil on canvas. In 1720, at the age of seventeen, Boucher entered the workshop of the engraver Jean-Francois Kars, which allowed him to study the art of book design and engraving, as well as earn his own money. In 1722, Bush was commissioned to illustrate the new edition of French History by Gabriel Daniel.

Participation in the years 1722-1723 in the creation of etchings for the "Julien Collection", which reproduced all the works of Antoine Watteau in engraving, allowed Bush to get acquainted with the works of this artist, learn his compositional techniques and style. In 1723, Fran?ois Boucher won the competition for the Roman Prize of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. This victory gave the artist the right to study in Rome, but there was no free space for the winner in the Italian branch of the academy, and the young painter had to go on a trip to Italy at his own expense.

In Rome, the work of the painters Pietro da Cortona and Francesco Albani made a particularly strong impression on Bush. Returning from Italy in 1731, Boucher almost immediately became a candidate for the Royal Academy for the Department of Historical Painting, and already in 1734 the artist was approved as a full member of the Academy for the painting of the mythological theme Rinaldo and Armida. The first years after the Italian journey in the creative activity of the artist Francois Boucher was almost entirely devoted to drawing, copying and engraving.



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