Rethinking Boucher

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François Boucher (1703-1770) has suffered a curious fate: to have been so identified with the French Rococo as to have lost his visibility as an artist in his own right. Rethinking Boucher reclaims the artist's individuality, revealing not only the diversity of his talents but also the variety of visual and intellectual traditions with which he engaged.
Part one, "The Various Boucher," examines the artist's identity in relation to his portraits and self-portraits, his ingenious genre scenes, and his overlooked religious paintings. Part two, "The Unexpected Boucher," focuses on the network of social and cultural contexts in which the artist functioned, including the commercial print market, the theaters of Paris, and the contemporary textual explorations of the exotic. The final part, "The Enlightened Boucher," discusses Boucher's work as a vehicle for Enlightenment visions of the body, whether conjured by Denis Diderot and Jean-Jacques Rousseau or Madame de Pompadour, Boucher's most famous patron.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892368259
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Publication date: 7/31/2006
  • Series: Issues & Debates Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Ledbury is associate director of the Research and Academic Program at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

The pleasures of rethinking Francois Boucher 1
Getting into the picture : Boucher's self-portraits of others 13
"Details that surreptitiously explain" : Boucher as a genre painter 39
Between Grace and Volupte : Boucher and religious painting 61
Reproduction and reputation : " Francois Boucher" and the formation of artistic identities 91
Boucher and theater 133
Boucher's enchanted islands 161
Plates 181
Boucher, Diderot, Rousseau 201
Pomadour's dream : Boucher, Diderot, and modernity 229
Painting for the senses : Boucher and Epicurean stoicism 253
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    As if you'd need to.

    Better to search out older books, written before authors felt the need to justify liking such a talented painter.

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