The French Paintings

The abduction of Proserpine

François BOUCHER (1703-1770)

1769

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François Boucher (1703-1770) - L’Enlèvement de Proserpine, 1769, Huile sur toile, 61 x 49.5 cm, Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper © Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Oil on canvas

873-1-385

Bequeathed by Jean-Marie de Silguy in 1864

H. 60,5 cm - L. 49,8 cm

This work, skilfully painted in monochrome, is halfway between a painting and a drawing.  It is one of the models for medallions to adorn a tapestry, la tenture des Métamorphoses (the wall hanging of the Metamorphoses), inserted in the decorative edges as a trompe-l’œil.  Boucher had just been appointed a director of the Gobelins and was dealing with a commission for Madame de Pompadour.  He has skilfully taken advantage of the restrictive format by expressing the scene in a most simple and dramatic way.

 

 

The French Paintings

The abduction of Proserpine

François BOUCHER (1703-1770)

1769

Enlarge picture jpg 119Ko (See the caption hereafter) (modal window)
François Boucher (1703-1770) - L’Enlèvement de Proserpine, 1769, Huile sur toile, 61 x 49.5 cm, Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper © Musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Oil on canvas

873-1-385

Bequeathed by Jean-Marie de Silguy in 1864

H. 60,5 cm - L. 49,8 cm

This work, skilfully painted in monochrome, is halfway between a painting and a drawing.  It is one of the models for medallions to adorn a tapestry, la tenture des Métamorphoses (the wall hanging of the Metamorphoses), inserted in the decorative edges as a trompe-l’œil.  Boucher had just been appointed a director of the Gobelins and was dealing with a commission for Madame de Pompadour.  He has skilfully taken advantage of the restrictive format by expressing the scene in a most simple and dramatic way.

 

 

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