Idyllic Landscape with Woman Fishing
Idyllic Landscape with Woman Fishing

Idyllic Landscape with Woman Fishing

François Boucher (French, 1703-1770)

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This scene is inspired by picturesque motifs of the French countryside: the herdsman, the woman fishing, the artfully tumbledown ruins, lush vegetation, and radiant sky.

Boucher, the foremost decorative painter of the Rococo era, was also a distinguished painter of landscapes. Indeed, the most common function of landscape painting in 18th-century France was decorative. Landscape was still regarded as a lowly genre, not to be taken as seriously as portraiture or history painting.

Christian IV, Herzog von Zweibrūcken (Duc de Deux-Ponts) [1722-1775]; his posthumous sale at Hôtel d’Aligre, Paris, France, in 1778;{1} Madame de Polès, Paris; Sale of her collection at (Galeries Georges Petit, Paris) in June 1927;{2} (Lennie Davis Gallery, Paris). (Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York, New York) by 1960;{3} Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Krannert [1887---1972], Indianapolis, Indiana; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1960.

{1} Hôtel d’Aligre, Paris, Catalogue de Tableaux Originaux des Grands Mâitres des Trois Ecoles, qui ornoient un des Palais de feu son Altesse Moneigneur Christient, Duc des Deux Ponts, Paris, 6 April 1778, lot no. 74. For more on this owner who was a friend and patron of Boucher, see François Boucher, 1703-1770, Metropolitan Museum of Art, exh. cat., 1986, cat. no. 73 (ill.), pp. 289-292.
{2} Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, Objets d’art et de magnifique ameublement du XVIIIe siècle, 22-24 June 1927, lot no. 14 (ill.)
{3} See letter from Rosenberg to Wilbur Peat, Director of the John Herron Art Institute, 6 June 1960 in IMA Historical File (60.248).

Object Information

François Boucher (French, 1703-1770)
creation date
oil on canvas
18-1/2 x 26 in. (canvas)
26-7/8 x 34-7/16 x 3-3/8 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed and dated on a stone imagery at the bottom center right: F. Boucher | 1761
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Krannert
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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