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image of The Love Letter François Boucher (artist)
French, 1703 - 1770
The Love Letter, 1750
oil on canvas
overall: 81.2 x 75.2 cm (31 15/16 x 29 5/8 in.)
Timken Collection
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From the Tour: 18th-Century France — The Rococo and Watteau
Object 6 of 9

1864Brüger, W. "Galerie de MM. Pereire." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 1st ser., 17 (1864): 201.
1880Goncourt, Edmond de, and Jules de Goncourt. L'art du dix-huitième siècle. 2 vols. Paris, 1880: I:196.
1880Mantz, Paul. François Boucher, Lemoyne et Natoire. Paris, 1880: 130 (possibly)
1906Michel, André. François Boucher. Paris, 1906: no. 1438.
1907Nolhac, Pierre de. François Boucher: premier peintre du roi. Paris, 1907: 157
1932Wildenstein, Georges. "Paintings from America in the French Exhibition." The Fine Arts 18 (January 1932): 26, repro.
1932Wildenstein, Georges. "L'Exposition de l'art français a Londres: Le XVIIIe siècle." Gazette des Beaux-Arts. 6th ser., vol. 7 (1932): repro. p. 63
1939Cordey, Jean. Inventaire des biens de Madame de Pompadour rédigé après don décès. Paris, 1939: no. 1231
1963Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 317, repro.
1965Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 18
1968European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 10, repro.
1975Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 336, no. 448, repro.
1975European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 40, repro.
1976Ananoff, Alexandre, with Daniel Wildenstein. François Boucher. 2 vols. Lausanne and Paris, 1976: 2:66, no. 364, repro.
1976Ananoff, Alexandre. "François Boucher et l'Amérique." L'Oeil 251 (June 1976): 21.
1976Bordeaux, Jean-Luc. "The Epitome of the Pastoral Genre in Boucher's Oeuvre: The Fountain of Love and The Bird Catcher from The Noble Pastoral." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 3 (1976): 87, repro.
1984Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 334, no. 444, color repro.
1985European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 59, repro.
1986Brunel, Georges. Boucher. New York, 1986: 177, 247, 273, figs. 143, 227.
1992From El Greco to Cezanne, Pincothèque Nationale Musée Alexandros Soutzos, Athens, 1992, under no. 27
2005The Arts of France from François Ier to Napoléon Ier. A Centennial Celebration of Wildenstein's Presence in New York. Exh. cat. Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York, 2005: 78 (not in the exhibition).
2009Conisbee, Philip, et al. French Paintings of the Fifteenth through the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2009: no. 2, 12-18, color repro.

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