Boucher, François (1703 - 1770)

The Music Lesson

Exposé en salle

Size : H. 65 x l. 57.9 cm
Inventory number : J 12
Inscription concernant l'auteur : Signature fausse sur mastic, en bas, à droite : "Boucher 1749"

As a tribute to Watteau, his senior colleague, here Boucher returns to his portrayal of the atmosphere at his socialising events, which more than often had undertones of courtship and love. The language of music, with its passionate intonations, expressive silences and intoxicating rhythm, flows with the language of love. Boucher weaves this metaphor with his couple of elegantly dressed musicians. In a park, a young woman in a "Spanish" dress is singing, accompanied by the chords played on a viola d'amore played by a young man in clothes worthy of a Zinzolin audio-visual production. The guitar and bucolic musette form a still life suggestive of lovers’ courtship behaviour. The sculpture of a sphinx with curvaceous feminine forms and the Lovers’ fountain enrich the interpretation of this courtship scene. These concerts amid a lush scene from nature enjoyed immense success in 18th century French painting. The central motif was taken up by the royal porcelain factory in Vincennes and in the Noble Pastorale tapestry woven at the Beauvais factory from 1775.

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