Are you still watching? - after François Boucher
91.5 x 122cm (unframed)
Oil painting on canvas

~ Are you still watching? - after François Boucher (2021)

This Rococo painting by François Boucher has undergone a 2020s udpdate. She lies across her sofa surrounded by hallmarks of our time: online food delivery, wine, ‘self-care,’ and the ever present mobile phone. Items of leisure and luxury, but also the expectations of how she should appear in public. She does not engage with the viewer or with what’s going on outside, and even seems disengaged in what she’s looking at. In our viewing her in this time, are we engaging with her the same way a viewer would’ve with a nude female figure in 1752?

©2024 Caroline Esbenshade




I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the country on which I live and work and their connections to the land. I pay my respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Indigenous peoples today.