c. 18th Century
24 5/8 x 20 1/2 in. (62.5 x 52.1 cm)
La Tour, Maurice-Quentin de,
Medium and Support:
Pastel on paper
This work is attributed to the circle of Maurice-Quentin de la Tour, one of the most fashionable and popular Parisian portraitists of the 18th century. He usually executed his works in pastel on paper, a new medium which was brought to France from Italy around 1720 by Rosalba Carriera. His style was a reaction against the stately portraiture of past generations and the mythological portraits of his contemporaries. He developed a realistic, sober style of portraiture remarkable for suggesting of the temperament and psychology of his subjects through their facial expressions. La Tour achieved significant success with his portraits, earning him commissions from the French royal family, court, and rich bourgeoisie in addition to literary, artistic, and theatrical circles.