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September 21, 2016

How to frame a painting by François Boucher

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Boucher's The Interrupted Sleep caught my eye while passing through the museum...




L'Œuvre d'Antoine Watteau, Peintre du Roy en son Académie Roïale de Peinture et Sculpture, gravé d'après ses tableaux et desseins originaux tirez du cabinet du Roy et des plus curieux de l'Europe par les soins de M. de Jullienne. Bibliothèque de l'Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, collections Jacques Doucet.

François Boucher spent his early career studying the works of Watteau, and he was part of a group of engravers that worked on a catalogue raisonné of his work titled, The Work of Antoine Watteau,Painter of the King and His Royal Academy, engraved after his paintings and original drawings. You can view the digitized monograph online, the original book lives in the Bibliothèque de l'Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art.


Watteau. "Le Denicheur de Moineaux," du Cabinet de M. de Jullienne. Envraging by Boucher. From L'Œuvre d'Antoine Watteau, Bibliothèque de l'Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, collections Jacques Doucet.Bibliothèque de l'Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, collections Jacques Doucet.


The Interrupted Sleep was originally was displayed at Madame de Pompadour's Château de Bellevue. Imagine all the people this painting has seen, or all that have seen this painting!


Brouard, View of the Château de Bellevue from the side of the gardens (With the coat-of-arms of Madame de Pompadour). c. 1750, pen, watercolor. Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.


François Boucher, The Interrupted Sleep. 1750,  oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

François Boucher, The Interrupted Sleep (detail). 1750,  oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

François Boucher, The Interrupted Sleep (detail). 1750,  oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 



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  1. Lovely. Thank you for the link. Very interesting Watteau images. I have a few of them framed in my guest room, and wasn't sure of the artist. I was thinking Pillement.

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