Purchased by my mother for about $15.00 at a local thrift shop, this large Rococo reproduction painting was a nice find. She asked me to frame it for her, which prompted me to do a little digging into the origins of the painting.
Rococo Reproduction Painting
The painting has no artist signature and there are no identifiable markings on the stretcher or back. It is old, and there are visible signs of wear on the canvas and painted surface. There is a lot of dirt buildup and yellowing of the varnish. The canvas is very dry and brittle. There is cracking of the painted medium in certain areas, and the painting could use a restoration.
Narrow strips of wood all around, and two fitted cross-members are all that hold painted canvas in place. The frame is not outstanding in any way and is probably not original to the painting.
The composition of this painting is derived from elements of two famous paintings by Rococo artist Francois Boucher. (1703-1770) It was during a general search of painting styles of the 17th through 19th centuries that I stumbled upon a painting by Boucher, The Bird Cage (1763) that partially matched the reproduction painting. Further research into Boucher’s works led me to a second painting, The Shepherd’s Gift (1740), that matched another portion of the reproduction painting. You can image my excitement.
Reference Painting 1:
The Shepherd’s Gift (The Nest) draws from the fountain, large tree, and foliage to the left of the water fountain.
Reference Painting 2:
The Bird Cage draws from the man and women. I think the artist might have referenced black and white images of the original paintings and thus the variation in clothing colors on the reproduction… but that’s just a guess.
In conclusion, researching this Rococo reproduction painting was a fun project.