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Description of the painting by Francois Boucher "Madame de Pompadour"


Francois Boucher - a very multifaceted French artist. The basis of his work is composed of paintings with mythical and biblical subjects; He also liked to depict the daily activities of the inhabitants of Paris and pastoral scenes, often took up portraits. The favorite of Louis the Fifteenth Marquis de Pompadour was his devoted admirer and girlfriend; Boucher was engaged in decorating her residence and painted several ceremonial portraits of the marquise. The real name of Pompadour is Joan-Antoinette Poisson. For almost twenty years, she had a huge influence on the king and his decisions, as well as on state affairs and the life of the kingdom. The king gave Janne Antoinette the estate of Pompadour and granted the title of Marquise, after which she received an official divorce from her husband.

Painting was the subject of this woman’s special passion, she set fashion throughout Europe, her name was called hairstyles, interiors, costumes. The favorite style of the favorite was Rococo, and she patronized not only Bush, but all representatives of this direction. Francois Boucher always painted marquise in silver, blue and green-olive colors. Apparently, he did not strive for exact portrait similarity - de Pompadour looks a little different, rougher and tougher on portraits of other artists. Boucher idealized and partly deified his patroness and girlfriend, reproducing the then fashionable standard of female beauty - doll porcelain face, huge almond-shaped eyes, a small nose and a small puffy mouth, a capricious facial expression. Jeanne-Antoinette herself often noted that Boucher paints her very beautiful, but not very similar. All images of the marquise differ from other portrait works of the author - they have some intimacy, intimacy, and partly sensuality. However, almost always he portrayed the favorite of the king in the same pose, more often with a book in his hand - only the outfits changed. The faces in the portraits also hardly differ - it seems that for over ten years the woman has not aged at all.

The most famous portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour is in a blue-green dress with a light silver tint, decorated with pale roses. The marquise is reclining on a striped couch, looking thoughtfully into the distance, an open book in her right hand. There is no doubt that the outfit of Jeanne-Antoinette is the quintessential fashion of the time. Pink and silver lace, a bow around the neck made of the same delicate material, a multiple string of white pearls on the wrist, flowers in a neat hairstyle. The marquise looks a little pretentious - many in Paris laughed at her petty bourgeois dress, but surprisingly, several months passed - and again copied her style.

Boucher perfectly conveys the sensation of purity and freshness emanating from de Pompadour. It was the marquise who introduced the fashion in France to wash almost daily - until that time, the ladies drowned out the unpleasant odors of their own bodies, showering perfumes from head to toe. The aroma during the balls was terrifying. The favorite of the king was fragrant with roses, comparing favorably with other women - and gradually the fashion for daily washing completely struck the whole of Paris. The marquise is depicted on this canvas as confident and calm, slightly thoughtful and dreamy; despite some well-known flaws in realism, the artist managed to grasp the essence of her character. It is thanks to these features of his nature that the marquis actually ruled the country for two decades, giving the king the opportunity to endlessly have fun and celebrate.





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