Description of the painting by Francois Boucher “Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour”

Description of the painting by Francois Boucher Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour

The French painter Boucher was not very enthusiastically drawing portraits. However, he loved to write the image of his patroness, favorite of Louis XV – the Marquis de Pompadour.

He began his work with her in 1748. From 1752, Bush began to live and work in the Louvre (the Marquise de Pompadour herself took care of this). Despite the fact that she was the mistress of the king only 5 years old, she remained special with great influence and connections in France until the death of King Louis XV. It was a woman with opposing qualities: she was intelligent, diplomatic, educated, cynical, despotic

Bush pleased her by portraying the Marquis on all his canvases with the face of a 20-year-old girl.

Her portraits are the works of a French artist that can be safely shown to children under 16 years old. All other works of the painter Boucher are slightly frivolous – he liked to depict nude girls and young men, to draw scenes with an erotic character.

The painting “Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour” is her last portrait. For some time the picture with her portrait was placed in Versailles. After the death of the Marquise de Pompadour, the canvas went to her brother.

The portrait depicts a smart, educated, with a delicate taste of a young woman. He saw this and tried to depict the artist Bush in all the portraits with her. The marquis herself confessed that he writes her not what she really is. The portrait is written with preservation of all the features of a traditional front portrait.

The canvas was painted in oil on canvas in 1759. The size of the picture is 130×162 cm.

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