200 x 145 cm
Iran ,Tabriz ,old Rug, signature: Bahman
Painted in 1742 by Boucher, The goddess Diana's bath sortan, Louvre
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|Design||tableau peint en 1742 Par Boucher, La déesse Diane|
|Manufacturing||Knotted by hand|
The goddess Diana is resting after the hunt, served by a nymph for her ritual bath. Under the guise of mythological subject, this painting is a hymn to the female body. The refinement of the drawing, the flesh radiating down mellow and bright colors prove the maturity of the artist.
This female nude painted in 1742 by Boucher and exhibited at the Salon, Diana bathing belongs to a set of paintings in sizes reduced for firms amateurs.
The representation of Diana is common in French painting of the eighteenth century. With François Boucher, the Huntress character abandons his wild and voluntary recognizes the goddess in her traditional attributes: she wears in her hair a golden crescent recalling its link with the Moon, and laid beside her and a quiver Game recently shot. But before she met all the features peculiar fashion during the reign of Louis XV: milky complexion, small face and chubby body and generous curves. His condition away from her virginal all malice, and that frankly she does not know the shame and lets see her naked, like a novice in the gallant career.
Boucher focuses on the relationship between the human body and nature. Intense blue drapes meets the cool dew of the green flesh and subtle landscape. The treatment of the female nude is particularly delicate here, the shape of the body is very sensual, built entirely from light from the left of the table.
Diana is the goddess of the moon and hunting, despite the appearance of this table is a very modest person who does not like to see her naked. According to legend one day when she emerged from her bath she was surprised by a hunter named Actaeon. Furious goddess transformed into a deer that had eaten by his dogs. So you understand, if you see a naked goddess out of a river, turn heels and run.
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