Four Seasons – Winter

François Boucher (French, 1703–1770) – Four Seasons: Winter, 1755 (Oil on canvas. Frick Collection, New York) – This allegory of the cold months typifies the Rococo style of the 18th Century: instead of depicting nature or even agricultural labour, Boucher gives us a flirty duo sliding along in a golden sledge. (The female figure’s outfit, despite the fur, is definitely not weather-appropriate.) The painting was executed for Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV’s official mistress, and its irregular shape suggests that it probably hung above a door in one of her many residences…francois-boucher-four-seasons-winter


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