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we're looking at Francois fouché is the Marquis de pompadour but I have to draw we go into it just say that I don't really like rokoko paintings but I really like this one there's something really so what is beautiful about it I'm taken in by the pink ruffles in the lace and the Cameo on her wrist and the pouf that she's using to powder herself and the flowers on the bottom and the pink of her cheeks and the blue bow in her hair and the little pink at the end of the brush that she's usually put on her blush I mean it's just okay so let's talk about those things for just a moment because they really do catch the eye the lace and the end the pink ribbons have a kind of almost architectural quality to them that's really extraordinary yeah they're very have a kind of real volume to them they have volume and structure and you can feel the weight and the stiffness of the fabric and the proof is the opposite of that and there's tremendous focus of course on the Cameo on her wrist because it's a portrait of her lover King Louie the 15th that's right of France but then contrast that with the rendering of her face of her head which is sort of impossibly soft and sort of reformed look at the size of the eyes in comparison to the size of the of the mouth she's become a child that's true and thought of that it's almost as if we're looking at Japanese cartoons what are those called anime it's certainly not about her personality and who she was at her humanity in any real persona yeah it's her persona and that's to me that's what the whole painting is about it's just about artifice it's like the artifice of the French Court in the 18th century in the Rococo period it's about the artifice of the clothing of the makeups it's just about surface it's true but this is a very intimate kind of surface is and that it's the Kings lover in that way yeah and yeah so just the sense of proximity that is June right close - yeah we feel as if we can reach out as her best friend and she's about to share an intimate secret that's exactly right but then her eyes rises up across her wrist over the portrait of her lover across her breast up to the her neck and then finally we get to her face which seems sort of almost remote the first thing that I noticed was all of those accessories of artifice and then I looked at her face you know I read the label okay this is the mistress delivery the 15th and then I thought who is this woman I looked at her face for clues and I didn't get anything a sense of clarity with which the artifice as you put it is painted against the softness and the indeterminacy of her individuality is I think clearest in the color look how incredibly crisp almost frozen that color is and then look at this office but there is this wild sense of indeterminacy and an mystery I think