Madame de Pompadour by François-Hubert Drouais

Madame de Pompadour by François-Hubert Drouais
Madame de Pompadour by François-Hubert Drouais

Françoise-Hubert Drouais(1727 – 1775) took her first steps as an artist together with her father, Hubert, who was already a renowned court painter fromFrance. However, the fame of the offspring grew, especially for a very peculiar subgenre, the portrait of aristocratic children disguised as servants and even beggars. Something without a doubt very much to the taste of the time rococo.


Madame de Pompadour by François-Hubert Drouais

That earned him her relationship with the most powerful and we althy aristocratic families in the country. And among those people was Madame de Pompadour, who was also the mistress of King Louis XV. Although it is true that this woman was not born in a sumptuous cradle, but that her origins were more humble, something that was also manifested in her peculiar natural and kind character. That is precisely what Drouais expresses in this large canvas (217 x 157 cm), where despite the sumptuousness of the room, the charm of a certain simplicity radiated by the woman envelops everything.

Before she becameMarquise de Pompadour, this woman was bornMademoiselle Jeanne Antoinette Poisson(1721 – 1764). And despite her bourgeois origins, her father had problems with the law for tax reasons, and he had her daughter temporarily housed in a convent so that she could be supported and educated there. On one occasion, as a teenager, awoman who read the future, assured him that he would end up making a king fall in love. Which caused her to be known familiarly as Reinette or “Little Queen.”

At the same time, when she left school, her kindness and beauty made her marry a young man of considerable we alth, which facilitated her contact with the intellectual elites of the time, including the Voltaire himself. And of course she also established relationships with the aristocracy, which led her to meet the king. The romance was not long in coming, and even she left her husband and her monarch moved her to thePalace of Versaillesand ended up granting her noble titles

she No doubt she exerted influence for a few years on the king, and of course she got rich. Something that also caused enmity with the members of the old nobility, who always considered her an upstart bourgeoisie. Still that didn't stop her from maintaining friendship withLouis XV, even once she passed the time and they were no longer lovers

And if the aristocracy did not love her too much, the same did not happen with the intelligentsia of the time. Which she always supported. In fact, in this painting we see her surrounded by books, with a mandolin that captures her love of music, with drawings, with Sevres porcelain and with elegant fabrics, she even appears seated and embroidering.

Even so, among so many elements the beautiful face of Madame de Pompadour stands out. And that the work was done in 1763, when she was already over 40 years old and had only a few months to live, because although she wasbeautiful, educated and charming, the truth is that her he alth was always somewhat weak and she died prematurely at only 43 years old.

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