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Shepherd and Shepherdess Reposing
  • François Boucher (1703 - 1770)
  • Shepherd and Shepherdess Reposing
  • France
  • 1761
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 76.6 x 63.6 cm, oval
    Frame size: 117 x 85.5 x 15.5 cm, oval
  • Signature: 'f. Boucher 1761'
  • P431
  • Boudoir
Further Reading
  • A reworking of 'L'Ecole de l'Amour ('The School of Love) that Boucher painted as part of a pair for the Marchioness of Bade, Karoline Luise, in 1760 (Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle), Boucher changed the landscape format of the Karlsruhe painting into an upright oval, a shape he used often in his later, more classically inspired work, and combined it with a different pastoral scene ('L'oiseau mal défendu', Private Collection). The painting was was one of Boucher’s last essays in the pastoral genre that he had been exploring since the 1730s. When it was shown at the 1761 Salon, it was praised by the critic of the Mercure de France and drawn by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale). In the eighteeenth century it belonged first to the artist’s friend Randon de Boisset, one of the period's great collectors with a particular interest in contemporary French paintin, then to the Marquis de Livois, an equally important collector from Angers. Boucher painted the same composition for a female and a male patron which means that his pastorals were not seen as particularly 'feminine' (nor, in fact, 'masculine').