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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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Lovers in a Park

FRANÇOIS BOUCHER, 1758

 

At first glance, French artist François Boucher’s Lovers in a Park appears quite innocent. The scenery is ornate and inviting, the colors are soft and cheerful, and the people appear to be at leisure—all in true Rococo form. If you pause a bit longer, however, you may notice some tension between the reclining lovers and the young maiden passing by. Is the man simply acknowledging the presence of the pretty flower gatherer, or is something more going on? Does he want to take some of her flowers to weave into his lover’s hair? Maybe he’s attracted to this ...

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