How you can use this image
This image is available to be shared and re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND).
You can reproduce this image for non-commercial purposes and you are not able to change or modify it in any way.
Wherever you reproduce the image you must attribute the original creators (acknowledge the original artist(s) and the person/organisation that took the photograph of the work) and any other rights holders.
Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find more images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.Download
Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.
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. The materials are true, graciously draped and without affectation. The background is fresh, rich and expansive; and the colouring is of such harmony that, although only a connoisseur may appreciate its true skill, all eyes must feel its effect’. 'Shepherd and Shepherdess Reposing' belonged in the eighteenth century to one of the artist’s greatest friends, Randon de Boisset.
Shepherd and Shepherdess Reposing
oil on canvas
H 76.6 x W 63.6 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1860; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897