François Boucher

Cocktails with a Curator: Boucher's "Four Seasons"

video still of Xavier Salomon and painting of woman in sled

In this week’s episode of Cocktails with a Curator, take a closer look at the extraordinary flickers of paint in the colorful canvases of François Boucher’s Four Seasons series with Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon. Acquired by Henry Clay Frick late in life, the four paintings were commissioned by Boucher’s great patron Madame de Pompadour—the longtime mistress of King Louis XV—to be placed over doors, hence their unusual shape. The complementary cocktail this week is the Time Regained.

Cocktails with a Curator: Boucher's 'A Lady on Her Day Bed'

video still of Xavier Salomon and oil painting of lady on bed

In this episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, examines the life and work of French painter François Boucher, with a focus on “A Lady on Her Daybed.” Discover why Boucher was said to epitomize the taste of the eighteenth century. This week’s complementary cocktail has a kick: the potent French 75, named after the powerful French 75mm field gun.

Cocktail Recipe

French "75"
2/3 gin
1/3 lemon juice
simple syrup
fill up with champagne