François Boucher

The Bath of Venus

François Boucher - The Bath of Venus


Collection catalogues
John Walker, National Gallery of Art, Washington, New York, 1995, nr. 443
Philip Conisbee, French paintings of the fifteenth through the eighteenth century, Washington; Princeton, N.J., 2009, nr. 3

Yuriko Jackall et al., America collects eighteenth-century French painting, Washington; London, 2017, plate 3


Painted for Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, marquise de Pompadour (1721-1764) and installed in the appartement des bains in the Château de Bellevue, outside Paris
removed c. 1757
recorded 1764 in the vestibule of the ground floor of the Hôtel d'Evreux, Pompador's Parisian residence
by inheritance to her brother, Abel François Poisson, marquis de Ménars et de Marigny (1727-1781), Château de Ménars, Paris
installed in the gallery of Marigny's residence, rue St. Thomas du Louvre, Paris, by 1777
his estate sale, at his residence by Basan and Joullain, Paris, 18 March-6 April 1782 (postponed from late February), nr. 21
purchased by Jean Baptiste Pierre Le Brun (1748-1813), Paris and London
Baron Alfred Charles de Rothschild (1842-1918), Halton House, near Wendover, Buckinghamshire, by 1884
bequest to Grace Elvina Hinds Duggan Curzon, marchioness of Curzon (1879-1958), Kedleston Hall, Derby, Derbyshire
her sale, American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, 22 April 1932, nr. 80
Chester Dale (1883-1962), New York
gift 1943 to NGA

External links

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Accession number 1943.7.2

Other works by François Boucher

François Boucher Shepherd piping to a Shepherdess
Shepherd piping to a Shepherdess

François Boucher Cupid a Captive
Cupid a Captive

François Boucher Madame Bergeret
Madame Bergeret
c. 1766

François Boucher Venus

François Boucher
The Bath of Venus
107 x 84.8 cm
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower left in black paint: F Boucher / 1751
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Chester Dale Collection