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Francois Boucher was not considered a portrait painter. Over his entire creative life he has painted more than a thousand paintings, of which portraits are just a little over a dozen. Most of these portraits are portrayed by the Marquise de Pompadour.
The name of the Marquise de Pompadour was known to many during her lifetime. She had a love relationship with Louis 15. Despite a short relationship (about five years), their friendship remained in many areas.
Pompadour sympathized with Boucher, considered him a genius. It was to him that she trusted to paint her portraits.
In the painting “Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour” we see a young girl who is lying on a couch in a pretty boudoir. She is dressed in elegant and expensive outfits, and looking at her high-heeled shoes, we can no doubt say that this is the Marquise de Pompadour, a great fashionista. The Marquise managed to introduce a rule in Versailles to wash often (she was shocked by the “aroma” of urine, sweat and dust that hung in the air of the palace). Boucher, having painted roses on her dress, wanted to show the purity and fragrance of the marquise with these wonderful flowers. The plot of the picture was based on the thoughts of the marquise about the book read. Madame was the patroness of art and literature in France - this is emphasized by the book opened in the hands of the girl. Behind her is a mirror in which we can see her hairstyle.
Despite the reality of the image, the Marquise de Pompadour occasionally reproached the artist for writing her beautiful, though not very similar to herself.
Picture Moscow Yard Polenov