Madame de Pompadour, François Boucher (French), 1749-1750, oil on canvas, 74.6 x 61 cm, the Portland Art Museum.
I was asked to make a post on Rococo and really, what is more Rococo than François Boucher and Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Madame de Pompadour? Imagine this: he was a smug motherfucker of a french painter, turning idyllic pastoral scenes into sexy times while running all sorts of official french art institutions and holding the title Premier peintre du Roi. She, the official mistress of king Louis XV, born a commoner but rose into the french court and ended up running the show behind the scenes, and may be responsible for anything from decorating lavish palatial interiors to the Seven Years’ War. Together, they were the tastemakers for the Rococo style, making sure everything in the royal court was to be soft pastel and covered in bows, pearls, roses, ruffles, lace, eroticism and fluffy ridiculousness.