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Sexing the Canvas: Art and Gender
Jeanette Hoorn, The University of Melbourne
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Boucher's Madame de Pompadour: Controlling the Gaze
Notes taken on March 23, 2017 by Edward Tanguay
1754: Pastel of Madame de Pompadour
François Boucher
the official mistress of Louis XV
came from the bourgeoisie rather than the nobility
ennobled by the king upon becoming his official mistress
known for her beauty and
a clever woman
had the king appoint her brother and uncle to positions of importance regarding arts in the society
directors of king's buildings
responsible for works of art in Versailles and the Louvre
she was controversial
a woman
from the bourgeoisie
influencing decisions on matters of taste in the court
a genre that skilled artists like Boucher excelled at during this period
works of art in their own right
more intimate kinds of art that were collected by elite people who had taste
in collecting drawings
rather than drawing that were used more decoratively
Madame Pompadour was an amateur artist herself
took lessons in drawing and print making with Boucher
Boucher technically worked for her
the painting
Madame Pompadour
in a crown of roses
framed by roses
framed by putti
below her you see references to her taste in the arts
scripts of music
scrolls and a book
fine lines on putti
contrast with light edges on Madame Pompadour
shown as a woman as beauty
rose buds emphasize her femininity
tended to be pastels
light pinks, blues, greens and yellows
delicate hues
adds to the reception of Madame Pompadour as a delicate person of learning