New Release: François Boucher and the Art of Collecting

December 1 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's an interesting new release that I missed last month. Routledge have recently published a book entitled François Boucher and the Art of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century France by Jessica Priebe from the Department of Art History and Theory at the National Art School, Australia.

According to the blurb:

While earlier studies have focused predominantly on artist François Boucher’s artistic style and identity, this book presents the first full-length interdisciplinary study of Boucher’s prolific collection of around 13,500 objects including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, porcelain, shells, minerals, and other imported curios. 

It discusses the types of objects he collected, the networks through which he acquired them, and their spectacular display in his custom-designed studio at the Louvre, where he lived and worked for nearly two decades. This book explores the role his collection played in the development of his art, his studio, his friendships, and the burgeoning market for luxury goods in mid-eighteenth-century France. In doing so, it sheds new light on the relationship between Boucher’s artistic and collecting practices, which attracted both praise and criticism from period observers.

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