François Boucher (Paris 1703 – 1770 Paris)
During his long career, Francois Boucher intuitively recognized what the public wanted. When, in 1744, the great amateur Mariette noted regretfully that landscape was being neglected by the French painters of the day, Boucher would have recognized this as the expression of a popular longing which he had already set out to fulfill. Among the artists of the generation active around 1700, Natoire seriously devoted himself to landscape, but he confined his efforts to drawings and watercolors. Only the somewhat older Oudry took to it with the same enthusiasm as Boucher. Oudry, however, was a genre painter, and, as such, could not bring to landscape the prestige that the history painter Boucher did.
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