François Boucher, 1703-1770
Bacchantes, n/d, oil on canvas
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
This painting is a copy with minor variations after a composition
Boucher executed for the apartments of Marquise of Pompadour ca. 1745.
It represents two nymphs, perhaps two bacchantes, playing musical
instruments in an idyllic landscape. This work is a fine example of the
early career of Boucher, who already pervaded his oeuvre with
mischievous pastoral scenes which would become the hallmark of his art
and eventually of the whole Rococo period.