Venus Consoling Love

painting by François Boucher

Venus Consoling Love or The Bath of Venus is a painting by François Boucher. It is signed and dated 1751. It measures 107 x 84.8 cm (42 1/8 x 33 3/8 in.) It hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The painting once belonged to Mme de Pompadour. Boucher was Pompadour's favorite artist. The painting may have been intended for her apartment at Versailles or for her chateau at Bellevue.

Venus Consoling Love
Venus Consoling Love, François Boucher, 1751.jpg
ArtistFrançois Boucher
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions107 cm × 84.8 cm (42 in × 33.4 in)
LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

She allegedly posed for the painting. It is more likely Venus was a product of Boucher's imagination. The technical dexterity evident in the painting is the principal charm of Rococo art.[1]

"Boucher's success in communicating the charm and sensuality of the nude lies in his mastery of color and fluid brushstrokes ... The painting exemplifies the rococo love of asymmetric lines and sinuous curves, artfully arranged to seduce both the eye and the mind of the beholder."[2]


  1. The National Gallery of Art, New York: Harrison House/Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1979
  2. The Bath of Venus, National Gallery of Art, archived from the original on 2010-11-09, retrieved 2013-01-22