The Chalcographie du Louvre possesses a large part of Auguste Péquégnot's engraved work (1819-1878) thanks to the bequest made by his wife Louise-Clémentine Houssard at the beginning of the last century. Some 2000 plates were added to this national collection.
François Boucher had a brilliant career, knew all the honours, received incessant royal commissions and enjoyed the friendship of many amateurs. However, his elegant art no longer seduces from the Salon of 1760 onwards. Empress Eugenie by taste revisited the art of François Boucher and honoured it in the minds of art critics. The son of Nicolas Boucher, an embossing merchant, he passed through François Lemoyne's studio, but was above all an illustrator with J. F. Cars, engraver. At the same time he obtained the first prize of the Academy of Painting and went to Rome between 1726 and 1731. These first years were devoted to drawing, copying and engraving.
His reception piece at the Academy inaugurated for him a long official career as professor, director of the Academy and first painter of the king. It was a period of intense activity for the artist: commissions from royal manufactures, theatre and opera sets, commissions from the King for royal residences and Madame de Pompadour, from the King of Sweden, in a repertoire of gallant mythology and allegory.
Boucher's art does not seek to move, but to capture the blossoming beauty. He is the painter of happiness tinged with refined sensuality. Landscaping full of fantasy and charm, great decorator he is the most prolific ornamentalist of his generation.
Series of 9 boards in 9 brass, from n° 9451 to n° 9459 included
Chapter: Plate 2
Origin: First half of the 20th century.
Size of the paper sheet:
Height: 38 cm
Width: 28 cm
Engraver: Auguste Péquégnot, 1819-1878, France
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