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Are They Thinking about the Grape? (Pensent-ils au raisin?)

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




François Boucher (French, 1703–1770)

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This painting is based on a 1745 pantomime about a young shepherd’s awakening love for a shepherdess. The couple feed each other grapes—a fruit associated with Bacchus, god of pleasure—suggesting that their encounter is not entirely chaste. François Boucher’s compositions on pastoral themes comprise his most influential contribution to 18th-century French art. These lush and playful fantasies of rustic life, designed primarily for the private enjoyment of wealthy financiers and aristocrats, had little to do with the social realities of rural labor during the period.


On View, Gallery 216


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


François Boucher


Are They Thinking about the Grape? (Pensent-ils au raisin?)


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed and dated bottom, right of center: f. Boucher 1747


Oval: 80.8 × 68.5 cm (31 3/4 × 27 in.); Framed: 96.6 × 84.5 × 11.5 cm (38 × 33 1/4 × 4 1/2 in.)

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Martha E. Leverone Endowment

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