Boucher’s Erotic Workshop


In the first pages of Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift tells us about his protagonist’s years of apprenticeship with a certain Master Bates. The joke is an old one. Why in the XVIII century Jonathan Swift decided to recycle medieval humor becomes clear from the following. Johann Christian von Mannlich tells us in his Memoirs of how François Boucher mass-produced his erotic art. In the morning his apprentices copied the best of their teacher’s drawings, keeping them unfinished, so that at lunch time the master could add a few touches to their work to sell it later for two louis a piece to all sorts of collectors and art dealers; those were always ready to buy, so high was demand. This workshop system was so productive that often Boucher simply gave the drawings away.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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