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The Bird Catchers  1748

by François Boucher

Responding to the contemporary rage for pastorals depicting amorous countryside games, François Boucher here exhibited young, fashionable couples in the act of catching birds. In the 1700s, small birds played an important symbolic role in courtship ritual: the gift of a caged bird from a man to a woman signified her capture of his heart. Posed in front of the ruins of a te...
294.6 × 337.8 cm (116 × 133 in.)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of The Getty