Hercules and Omphale, 1735: Canvas Replica Painting: Medium
By artist Francois Boucher (1703-1770), in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow
Convicted of a murder and forced to wear traditional women's clothing and do their work, Hercules was freed when his slaver, Queen Omphale of Lydia, instead took him as her lover. In this, one of the most audaciously erotic and marvelously executed works of his career, French artist Boucher showcased his skillful mastery at portraying an idyllic world that made him the most fashionable painter of mid-century Europe. The authentic stretched canvas replica painting captures the original work's texture, depth of color, and even its bold brushstrokes, which are applied by hand exclusively for Design Toscano. Our replica European style, bright gold-toned, ribbed frame is cast in quality designer resin with an acanthus leaf and floret border that draws the eye toward the beautiful image.
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Medium: 25.25"Wx29.25"H framed (17"Wx21"H image size, 4.375"W frame)
Francois Boucher (1703-1770)

Boucher was a French painter noted for his pastoral and mythological scenes. His work embodies the frivolity and sensuousness of the rococo style. Boucher, the son of a designer of lace, was born in Paris. He studied with the painter Franois Le Moyne but was most influenced by the delicate style of his contemporary Antoine Watteau.

In 1723 Boucher won the Prix de Rome; he studied in Rome from 1727 to 1731. He designed for the Beauvais tapestry works and in 1755 became director of the Gobelins tapestries. In 1765 he was made first painter to the king, director of the Royal Academy, and designer for the Royal Porcelain Works.

His success was encouraged by his patron, Marquise de Pompadour, mistress to Louis XV. He painted her portrait several times. Boucher's delicate, lighthearted depictions of classical divinities and well-dressed French shepherdesses delighted the public, who considered him the most fashionable painter of his day. He died in Paris on May 30, 1770.

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