Sunday, November 6, 2011

Boucher, François

Madame de Pompadour
Oil on canvas
91 × 68 cm (35.8 × 26.8 in)
The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London

François Boucher (1703 – 1770) was a French painter, a proponent of Rococo taste, known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes. He painted several portraits of his illustrious patroness, Madame de Pompadour.

Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, also known as Madame de Pompadour (1721 – 1764) was a member of the French court, and was the official chief mistress of Louis XV from 1745 to her death. Louis XV was devoted to her until her death from tuberculosis in 1764 at the age of forty-two. Looking at the rain during the departure of his mistress' coffin from Versailles, the King said: "The marquise won't have good weather for her journey."