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.

Date:

1747

Artist:

François Boucher
French, 1703–1770

About this artwork

Although he painted a broad range of subjects and executed designs for porcelain and tapestries, François Boucher’s canvases of pastoral themes represent his most influential contribution to 18th-century French art. These idealized visions of rustic life, indebted to Jean-Antoine Watteau’s images of fête galantes, or open-air courtship parties, typically feature shepherds and shepherdesses engaged in amorous pursuits. This work was inspired by a contemporary theater piece, which was first performed as a pantomime at a Parisian fair in 1745. The painting’s playfully coy title derives from that of an engraving of a similar image.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 216

Artist

François Boucher

Title

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

Origin

France

Date

1747

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

f. Boucher 1747 (bottom, right of center)

Dimensions

oval, 80.8 × 68.5 cm (31 3/4 × 27 in.)

Credit Line

Martha E. Leverone Endowment

Reference Number

1973.304

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