Description Boucher was one of the most widely admired and successful artists in mid 18th-century France, holding the positions of director of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture and "First Painter to the King." He was responsible for decorating many of the royal residences, and his art has long been considered synonymous with the French rococo style. This late work has traditionally been considered a pair with Walters 37.838, and the pieces may have belonged to the distinguished 18th-century collector, Jacques-Onésyme Bergeret de Grandcourt. However, there is no obvious connection between the two subjects or between their compositions. It is possible that the artist did not intend the works to be a pair and that a collector or dealer at some point in their history imposed the association.
- Francois Boucher. Wildenstein & Company, New York. 1980.
- Vive la France! French Treasures from the Middle Ages to Monet. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1999-2000.
Provenance J.-O. Bergeret Collection, Paris (?); Sale, Paris, April 24, 1786, no. 66 (?); Eugene Glaenzer & Co., New York; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1913, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions Signed at bottom: F. Boucher 1769
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1913
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