OIL PAINTING: An Autumn Pastoral, 1749
Boucher's pastorals and landscape paintings, which are certainly part of his rococo achievement, are willfully artificial on a basis of real observation. They create a new branch of rococo art in which the growing tendency to shake off dynastic and mythological duties has been completely developed.
This painting of Boucher - An Autumn Pastoral and its companion piece, A Summer Pastoral (also in the Wallace Collection), were commissioned by the financier Trudaine for his new chateau at Montigny-Lencoup, together with four overdoors by Oudry which are also in the Wallace Collection.
These great pastorals offer a characteristic Boucher blend of elegance and ruticity.