The XVIIIe century had faith in love and he magnified it in the arts with creativity and audacity. In the alcove of the Cognacq-Jay Museum in Paris, this painting of the senses and desire has found a perfect intimate setting. The exhibition “The Empire of the Senses, from Boucher to Greuze” brings together the works of François Boucher, first painter to King Louis XV, with those of other artists of his time (Watteau, Fragonard, Greuze, etc.), showing how they explored the theme of love in a carnal, erotic and even licentious vision.
Everything here celebrates the female nude, delicately sketched in red or exalted in the voluptuousness of her flesh to the point of saturating the canvas. The course does not circumvent the violence of desire and its dark side, highlighting the issue of women’s consent and sexual violence. It also invites us to consider the ambiguity of the gaze focused on the nude, whether that of the artist or that of the spectator.