popular among the French elite. Madame de Pompadour, one of several
of François Boucher’s portraits of her, captures her beauty and taste and
the sumptuous appeal of rococo as she reclines languorously on an ele-
gant sofa in her boudoir, the epitome of ease and refinement. For twenty
years, she reigned unchallenged as the “godmother of rococo.”
Like Madame de Pompadour, Madame du Barry, Louis XV’s last offi-
cial mistress, came from humble beginnings as a dressmaker’s daughter.
Boris Tyomkin, Ennui, from Rococo Masquerade series, 2012, oil