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Portrait of a Lady

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François Boucher, Portrait of a Lady, 1760/1770, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by an Anonymous Donor, public domain, 65.13

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Title

Portrait of a Lady

Artist

François Boucher (French, 1703-1770)

Date

1760/1770

Period

Rococo

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

29 3/8 in x 24 1/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: signed lower right

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

French

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Funds provided by an Anonymous Donor

Accession Number

65.13

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Rococo

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Mary and Pete Mark Gallery

Description

The name of the painter François Boucher is synonymous with the French Rococo style that reached its highpoint in the middle of the 18th century. Although the traditional identification of this portrait as a depiction of Boucher's great patron Madame de Pompadour is no longer accepted, the sitter was certainly a lady of influence. Boucher was not primarily a portraitist and, as the favorite artist of the royal mistress, he did not want for employment. This late work seems, in fact, less a precise record of a specific set of facial features than a rendering of the ideal of femininity that dominated the Rococo style.

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