The Bath of Venus  1751

by François Boucher

In Enlightenment France the dedicated search to define truth engendered a re–evaluation of the natural. The belief that it was right to follow nature, and that the pursuit of pleasure was natural, influenced the prevailing conception of the nude. François Boucher, who became the first painter to Louis XV, fully explored his century's interest in the relationship between th...
107 x 84.8 cm (42 1/8 x 33 3/8 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

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