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A reworking of 'The School of Love' of 1760 (Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle), 'Shepherd and Shepherdess Reposing' was one of Boucher’s last essays in the pastoral genre. When the picture was exhibited at the 1761 Salon it was praised by the critic of the Mercure de France: ‘What grace and what art embellish this light-hearted subject! The facial characters are of an infinite agreeableness … The grouping of the two figures is elegant and lightly intertwined.
oil on canvas
76.6 x 63.6 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1860; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897