François Boucher: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre. Volume I: 1720-1747
François Boucher (1703–1770), Madame de Pompadour’s favorite painter, is the focus of this two-volume catalogue, which gathers 690 of his works. The study of a number of these paintings features related engravings, preparatory sketches, or reproductions of important Decorative Art ensembles Boucher’s œuvre inspired. This publication also includes a detailed chronology of the painter’s life and career, a list of 18th-century sales, a bibliography and a few indexes.
v.1: Chronology; Works 1720-1747 -- v.2: Works 1747-1770
Chronology includes documentary references to Boucher's Salon submissions, excerpts from his correspondence, contracts and contemporary critical reception of the artist's work. The catalogue is arranged chronologically, and corresponding drawings, prints and tapestry designs are illustrated with each entry. The appendix includes eighteenth-century sales, works cited in contemporary inventories and works produced in collaboration with other artists.