BOUCHER, François
(b. 1703, Paris, d. 1770, Paris)

La Pêche chinoise

1742
Oil on canvas
Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie, Besançon

Boucher was employed on tapestry design for the Beauvais factory. He produced for Beauvais his enchanting Chinese subjects ('sujet chinois'), decorative, flippant and deft, presenting palm trees, doll-like people, feathery hats, suggesting a generalized, amusing exoticism. One of the most delightful of this set is La Pêche chinoise (The Chinese Fishing).