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Pastoral Make-Up (La toillette pastorale)
  • François Boucher (1703 - 1770)
  • Pastoral Make-Up (La toillette pastorale)
  • France
  • 1745
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 98.5 x 132 cm
  • Signature: 'f. Boucher / 1745'
  • P445
  • Landing
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Two shepherdesses and putti with flowers represent Spring. Originally the painting, together with P447, formed part of a set of four representing the Seasons, all of which were shaped in the same manner and engraved by Charles Duflos in 1751. From their shape and low viewpoints it is clear that they were painted as overdoors to be inserted into decorative panelling. The other two pictures in the series depict the winter as return of Diana from the hunt (Retour de chasse de Diane; Paris, Musée Cognacq-Jay) and summer (Les confidences pastorale; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Two of the seasons were thus depicted in the guise of mythological subjects, two as pastorals. An autograph, signed and dated version of this painting of 1748 was sold at Christie's, New York, 29 January 2014.