Now it’s hard to imagine how popular the pastoral scenes used in the second half of the 18th century. True, after the revolution they began to scold him with the same enthusiasm with which they had always been extolled and bought. At some point the shepherdess became in the eyes of the radicals almost the main symbols of the hated “old regime.”
However, in the time of Bushe such pastors of the master, as, for example, “Shepherdess” or “Nest”, were reproduced both in the form of tapestries and as drawings for porcelain sets. And, of course, a lot of engravings were
The source of “pastoral inspiration” was Boucher Theater, where in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries pastoral plays with music and poems were often staged. The first plays of this kind appeared in the 16th century – in Italy. From there they moved to France. Here, pastors often took the form of ballet or pantomime. It is known that Bushe often decorated similar performances, and many of their subjects later became the basis of his idyllic pastoral scenes.