François Boucher 'Portrait of a Lady' formerly titled 'The Marquise de Pompadour' 1760-70
Traditionally this was identified as Boucher's great patron Madame de Pompadour and thought possibly to have been designed as a present for her brother. This is no longer accepted, though the sitter was certainly a lady of influence. This late work is said to be less a precise record of a specific set of facial features than a rendering of the ideal of femininity that dominated the Rococo style. Though if this is the case I do not see why it could not been an idealized portrait of Pompadour and her femininity.
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François Boucher (1703 – 1770) French Rococo painter.
OIl on canvas
29 3/8 x 24 1/8 inches
Portland Art Museum, Oregon