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The “Triumph of Venus” is undeniably an ode to life. This is a pleasure of its fullness, exciting sensuality, versatility and supportive attitude. A true connoisseur of female beauty, Francois Boucher, like no one else, was able to capture captivating stories with beautiful Venus in the center.
Born from sea foam, she rests on the waves surrounded by young beauties, tanned youths and fluttering cupids. Everything in this plot is full of life and youth. Dazzling azure skies, the gentle light of the sun, the relentless sea elements, fabulous fish and the innocent joys of virgins - looking at this magnificence, the French expression la vie est belle comes to mind very well - life is beautiful.
Despite the abundance of naked bodies, the picture is not perceived as vicious and depraved. The directness of youth softens eroticism, focusing more on the ease of being, abundance and idleness.
The composition of the work is quite complex, devoid of strict geometry. Smooth lines prevail, a combination of seductive bends and shapes. The artist subtly felt the space of the canvas, knew how to apply the angle to fit all his plans and not overload the picture. The abundance of heroes, scenery and curious elements wonderfully create harmony.
The narrative element is excluded in the work; it entirely belongs to the admiration for life, its physical manifestations, pleasures and bliss. This is a feature of the rococo style that was popular at the time. The elegance of the lines, the pure colors, the glorified beauty of the human body made Boucher’s paintings extremely popular both from the side of society and from the side of the royal nobility.
A large number of characters, original poses and bizarre details attract attention, invite you to take a closer look, and find interesting elements of the composition again and again. The masterpiece of one of the most popular French painters is kept in the National Museum of Stockholm and is a valuable element of the modern cultural heritage.