Image Resources | Currently on View in Charles O. McGaughey Gallery
In addition to being the foremost decorative painter of the Rococo era, Boucher was also a distinguished painter of landscapes. Indeed, the most common function of landscape painting in 18th-century France was a decorative one. Landscape was still regarded as a lowly genre, not to be taken too seriously.
Like most of Boucher's landscapes this one is inspired by picturesque motifs of the French countryside: the herdsman, the woman fishing, the artfully tumbledown ruins, lush vegetation and radiant sky.