Saturday, April 21, 2018

01 Paintings, Olympian deities, by the Old Masters, with footnotes # 14

(French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)
The Toilette of Venus, c. Date:1751
42 5/8 x 33 1/2 in. (108.3 x 85.1 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV, admired Boucher and was his patroness from 1747 until her death in 1764. This famous work was commissioned for the dressing room at Bellevue, her château near Paris. The bodies of the goddess and her cupids are soft, supple, and blond. The carved and gilded rococo sofa, the silk, velvet, and gold damask drapery, are heavy and elaborate enough for the Victorian era. More on this painting

François Boucher (29 September 1703 – 30 May 1770) was a French painter, draughtsman and etcher, who worked in the Rococo style. Boucher is known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories, and pastoral scenes. He was perhaps the most celebrated painter and decorative artist of the 18th century. He also painted several portraits of his patroness, Madame de Pompadour. More on François Boucher

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