Georges Brunel Hardcover (November 1987)
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Boucher's ethereal universe of juicy cupids, Venuses, saucy
milkmaids and overvoluptuous nudes seems the height of the French
Rococo style. Yet Brunel maintains that Louis XV's court painter
never willingly took on mythological or historical themes and,
furthermore, that he was essentially a Parisian craftsman steeped
in the popular culture of decorators, engravers and cabinetmakers.
Instead of Boucher the libertine, linked to Madame de Pompadour,
Brunel gives us a man of simple tastes, a hard worker and good
father. The author's revisionist interpretation of Boucher's
art is as singular and as unconvincing as his whitewashing of
the artist's personality. Keeper of Works of Art in the churches
of Paris, Brunel examines Boucher's tapestries, theater sets,
engravings, porcelain and book illustration. With 60 plates
in color and 240 black-and-white reproductions, this weighty
tome surveys Boucher's enchanted world of pure spectacle.
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