Portrait of Madame de Pompadour (1756), detail. François Boucher. Oil on canvas.
Boucher (French, 1703-1770) was a proponent of Rococo taste, known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes. He also painted several portraits of his patroness, Madame de Pompadour.
Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, also known as Madame de Pompadour (1721–1764), was a member of the French court and was the official chief mistress of Louis XV. A patron of the arts, science and literature, she sponsored many painters, sculptors, architects, furniture craftsmen, interior designers and writers, including Voltaire.
“Après nous, le déluge.”