ROCOCO: A MASTERPIECE, A MYSTERY AND MADAME DE POMPADOUR
AboutIn 18th century France a new style emerged which encompassed furniture, paintings, prints, décor, and fashionable dress. Light and airy decorations (whimsically inspired by nature) climbed up walls, and encircled mirrors, wound up and down chair legs and drove out the heavy symmetry of the Baroque style. Madame de Pompadour was a champion of the Rococo, which coincided with her reign as mistress of Louis XV. When and why did she (and the Rococo style) lose favour? Through the paintings of Hogarth, Boucher, Fragonard and others we will address this question, with close examination of Pompadour’s elegant image and personal style.
Jacqui Ansell is a senior lecturer at Christie's Education, London. She has an MA in History of Dress from the Courtauld Institute, was formerly an Education Officer at the National Gallery, London, and a tutor and writer for the Open University.
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