The Toilette of Venus

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The Toilette of Venus
François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris)

By
Brandy Heaton

The painting The Toilette of Venus is an oil painting which is feature in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This art was created on a 42 5/8 inch x 33 ½ inch canvas. This painting was created by Francois Boucher, a French painter, whom lived from September 1703 to May 1770. It is said that this painting was created for Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV whom was also an actress. The painting was commissioned for her dressing room at Bellevue, her Paris chateau. This was not intended to be a portrait; however it did show a likeness to her. I chose this piece because I feel that it is not only a beautiful piece, but I feel that it is truly timeless. This piece could sit in a home in present day just as easily as it did during the Victorian era.
This painting is an example of an extraordinary version of an ordinary object. The artwork pictures a nude woman in her mid-twenties to mid-thirties. She is sitting on a lavish velvet sofa adorned with gold edges. She is surrounded by shiny silk floor to ceiling tapestries. Around her feet lay golden vases, flowers and jewels. Adding to the overall serene picture there are three baby cherubs and doves. Her feet never touch the ground as they lay atop a golden embossed blanket. The painting was made in France Victorian era and seems to be in the upper scale of society judging from her surroundings. The representational view of this painting is naturalistic as it shows that woman and her surroundings in hues that you would see in the natural environment.
The audience of this picture seems to woman and men whom are middle aged lovers. This also represents the human experience. This is because the woman is a vision of peace and shows a motherly love by her interaction with the cherubs and doves. This scene would…...

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