The First Guard

c. 1754
(French, 1695–1772)
(French, 1703–1770)
Image: 32.4 x 20.8 cm (12 3/4 x 8 3/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Le Blanc II.403.67
Location: not on view
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Many of François Boucher's decorative designs were published as prints sometimes executed by the painter, etcher, and publisher-dealer Gabriel Huquier. Thus, both these artists played significant roles in the development and spread of the elaborate Rococo style. The First Guard-depicting a rustic band of young and old men who have temporarily shed their weapons to concentrate on a game of dice-typifies the sort of picturesque genre scene at which Boucher excelled. The artist displays his ingenuity by composing a pleasing arrangement of artfully posed figures and carefully placed objects.
The First Guard

The First Guard

c. 1754

Gabriel Huquier, François Boucher

(French, 1695–1772), (French, 1703–1770)
France, 18th century

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