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Boucher, one of the most celebrated French painters of the 18th century, was in the eyes of his detractors (like Diderot), nothing but a pimp. He used his beautiful wife as a model and he privately indulged in erotica like the painting below, Leda and the Swan, which is only one of the versions he produced around 1740. That's not his wife in the picture. The other versions are more modest; this one is rarely seen. Is it a parody of Titian's Venus?
W.B. Yeats' poem about the same myth reads more like a forcible rape...
LEDA AND THE SWAN by W.B. Yeats
Another set of risqué Boucher paintings is the Jupiter and Callisto series. In the one below, from 1759, Jupiter has taken the form of a woman (the goddess Diana), so the picture takes on a subtle lesbian meaning. No rape here...
After his death in 1770, Boucher's reputation suffered - written off as a commercial hack, a vulgar libertine, everything that was wrong with the country before the French Revolution. However, in the past decade he has been getting a makeover, whereby his rococo work is seen as ironical, sophisticated and gender-bending.