François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris) and Workshop
Oil on canvas
Irregular, 45 1/4 x 62 3/4 in. (114.9 x 159.4 cm)
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1969
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 525
In this picture the central cupid holds a lyre, symbol of lyric poetry. The torch, quiver of arrows, wreath of roses, and pair of doves are all appropriate to a poetic theme. A related composition is the undated etching La Poésie, or Poetry, from the series Livre des Arts after Boucher by Louis Félix de La Rue (French, 1730–1777). See also 69.155.1.
[Katharine Baetjer 2011]
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): Boucher / 1753
baron Edmond de Rothschild, Château de Pregny, near Geneva (until 1969; sold to MMA)
James Parker inThe Wrightsman Collection. Vol. 3, New York, 1970, pp. 14–15, under no. 292 (Room from the Hôtel de Varengeville, Paris), ill. (installed above door), attributes them to Boucher with assistants, noting that each is signed and dated; suggests that the disparate themes of the two works indicate that they probably did not form part of the same decorative scheme.
Master Paintings & Sculpture: Part II. Sotheby's, New York. January 29, 2015, p. 200, under no. 361.