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 Anonymous - Sedan chair
François Boucher - The little dog’s dance
Jean-Baptiste Greuze - Young Shepherd Holding a Flower
Hubert Robert - The Laundry
 Jean Moisy (clockmaker) and Jean-Claude Chambellan known as Duplessis (goldsmith) - Organ pipe clock with a monkey orchestra
Hubert Robert - Washerwomen in a garden
 Adrien Delorme and Pierre Roussel - Chest of drawers
Giambattista  Tiepolo - Alexander and Bucephalus
Nicolas Sageot - « Mazarin » table desk
Claude Joseph Vernet - The Tivoli Cascades
Jean-Honoré Fragonard - Jérôme de La Lande
 Manufacture de Beauvais - Tapestry : Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love and Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters
Roger Van der Cruse known as La Croix or RVLC (Attributed to) - Combination furniture : commode with doors, secretaire in drawer, wardrobe
Jacques Louis David - The death of Seneca
Giovanni Antonio (dit Gianantonio) Pellegrini - Esquisse pour le plafond de la Banque Royale : Le Déchargement en bord de Seine de marchandises en provenance de la Louisiane

The little dog’s dance

Paris, 1703 - Paris, 1770
Oil on oval canvas
51 x 40 cm

This painting is a perfect illustration of the pastoral genre invented by Boucher in which he achieved perfection. It is a unique blend of convention and naturalism, fantasy and observation, innocence and ambiguity.

This superficial, contrived and conventional style is appealing in its very artificiality and lack of realism, in keeping with the artist’s intention to create “a surprising power of escapism”.

For the Goncourt brothers: “Boucher is one of those men who represents the taste of a century, who express, personify and embody it. French taste in the 18th century was made manifest in him in all the singularity of his personality”.

M. A. P.

Marks Inscriptions Hall-marks: 
Signed and dated on the right, near the middle of the fence : f. Boucher 1758
Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PDUT00869
Acquisition details : Dutuit bequest, 1902
Room 11
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