Posts Tagged ‘Boucher’

Boucher spring

Welcome to the new Versailles and more!

I have been working very hard these past few months to bring you this new blog, and it is heartening to see at long last the result of these efforts. Where should I begin? You may notice we now have 7 articles on the home page. I picked some long time favorites, and a few […]



Boucher winter sleigh ride

Marie-Antoinette’s sleigh rides

Christmas in the 18th century was not the holiday we know these days. Of course, the religious celebration of the holiday of the Nativity  of Christ was the same, but gifts, know as étrennes, were not exchanged until the 1st of January. Yet people liked to take advantage of the pleasures of the season. Marie-Antoinette, […]



Merry Christmas!

To illustrate this Christmas Eve post, Boucher’s The Light of the World. Boucher did not only treat light subjects, and this Nativity, with its subdued colors and peaceful atmosphere, is one of his more appealing works. See the expression on the face of the visiting child closest to Jesus. Here Boucher chose to emphasize the […]



Volupte du Gout Voluptuous Taste

French Painting in the Age of Madame de Pompadour

While browsing the shelves of my favorite bookstore, I was so smitten by this book, titled La volupté du goût (“Voluptuous Taste”) by Philippe Le Leyzour and Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, that I purchased it on impulse, something I almost never do. It explores the role played by Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s most influential mistress and […]



Another take on the Boucher-Chardin exhibition at the Wallace

Brian Sewell is right in all he says in the Evening Standard about this exhibition. Yes, the “study of teapots” subtext given by the curators to paintings such as these Chardins is absurd, and can only be explained by the need to fill the space dedicated to the show. Yes, the dimly lit basement of […]



Chardin La toilette

A follow-up on Boucher and Chardin at the Wallace

I have now seen the Boucher & Chardin exhibition twice and still can’t decide what it was about: was it tea in the 18th century? French versus English way of life? Chardin versus Boucher? All three, I believe, possibly more. In any case, it was too much for a two-room show.  Yet those shortcomings could […]



Chardin Woman taking tea

Boucher versus Chardin

The Wallace Collection in London is a dream come true for any lover of 18th century art, and worth a long, leisurely visit. Or rather make it many long, leisurely visits. Now, about the current exhibition there, titled Boucher and Chardin: Masters of Modern Manners. The first thing that surprised me was its size: it fits […]



Boucher Breakfast

Boucher, Chardin and the essence of Frenchness (or not)

This new exhibition at the Wallace Collection in London is titled Boucher and Chardin: Masters of Modern Manners. It came to my attention thanks to an article by Waldemar Januszczak, a noted British art critic, in The Times. I found Mr. Januszczak’s pronouncements on both Boucher and Chardin rather startling. Here is what he writes […]