The Drawings of François Boucher (1703-1770) has been organized to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of François Boucher — the most talented and prolific draftsman of the French Rococo period. This unprecedented international loan exhibition is the first major survey of the artist’s graphic work drawn from the major museums and private collections of Europe and the United States. Presenting 80 masterful images of gorgeous landscapes, entrancing literary illustrations, moving religious narratives, and stunning nudes—many never before seen in America—the exhibition illuminates the extraordinary fluency and elegance of Boucher’s draftsmanship.
Boucher’s Mythological Paintings: The Last Great Series Reunited augments the exhibition of Boucher’s drawings in Fort Worth. A fine group of preparatory drawings he made for his large, decorative mythological paintings for the Hôtel Bergeret de Frouville in Paris are being exhibited for the first time in conjunction with the paintings themselves. Four of the paintings are in the Kimbell’s own permanent collection, and they will be reunited for the occasion with two others, on loan from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.