Friday, December 21, 2012

Simple pastel portrait studies by French artist Maurice Quentin de La Tour


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Marie Fel

I penetrated into the depths of my Their subjects without knowing it, and capture them whole. - Maurice-Quentin de La Tour

Delatour initially apprenticed as a painter; but he was seduced by immediacy & amp; rapid execution of pastel. In Paris, he learned about the new medium "pastel" made popular by a young Venetian artist Rosalba Carriera. Delatour ADOPTED pastel as the only medium of His portraits. Finished pastels Emerged as a format for elite portraiture in France in the late 1600s. By the1700s, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour was among the most Celebrated pastel portraitists. His success led to commissions from the royal family, the French court, the bourgeoisie, plus artistic & amp; intellectual circles.

Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Unknown Woman


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Mademoiselle Dangeville


 Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Marie Josephe of Saxony


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Madame de Pompadour


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Mademoiselle Pavigne


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Unknown Woman


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Isabelle de Charriere 1766


Maurice Quentin de La Tour (French artist, 1704-1788) Princess Christina of Saxony


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