Your comments were very perceptive and relate strongly to the powerful younger portrait by Boucher that was exhibited in London a few years ago in the exhibition on Madame de la Pompadour. I have found that to be an unforgettable portrait of a young woman of power, depth, and influence, just by the detail of the vast green ruffled dress. Thank you again for your comments, which, I think, help me in my review of Madame de la Pompadour in my teaching of the 18th century to my French Literature students and in my own personal paintings.
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