"“Interrupted Dream”, Francois Boucher – description of the painting
Description of the picture:
Interrupted Dream – Francois Boucher. 1750. Oil on canvas. 81.9 x 75.2 cm
The development of art in the Rococo era is tightly woven with the name of the famous French artist Francois Boucher. As a bright representative and loyal fan of this luxurious style, in his work, Bush preferred the refined, lofty allegories, gentle landscapes, pastoral and genre scenes.
In the plot depicted in the painting “Interrupted Dream”, it is not difficult to see the features of the most beloved genres of the master: pastoral, landscape and genre scenes.
At the edge of the forest, in the shade of thick trees, a beautiful shepherd was smitten by midday nap, but the dream did not last long, a young man had already crept up to the young beauty, who decided to play a trick on the woman by tickling the blade of grass a little. A flock of sheep grazes in the meadow, and in the distance you can distinguish the outskirts of a small village.
The plot emits idyllic appeasement and heavy bliss. The images in the picture are usually embellished and idealized by the artist. Realism in the painting of the Rococo era faded into the background, giving way to exaggerated beauty and perfect perfection. The shepherdess is depicted in a unique dress, decorated with satin ribbons, her skin glows with tenderness and whiteness of the finest porcelain, and noblewoman can envy the elegance of a girl no matter what. The pastoral nature of the picture is complemented by a wicker, full of recently picked flowers, a cage with a songbird in the branches of a tree and a small decorative dog who is quietly waiting for her mistress to wake up.
The canvas is painted in a golden emerald color palette, with the help of which the painter professionally conveyed the density of the forest shade pierced by soft sunrays. With all this, Francois Boucher does not forget about his own favorite trick: the creator complements the even sounding of flowers with colorful, colorful accents, for example, a rich and rich shade of the sky or a scarlet vest of a young man."