Maurice Quentin de La Tour

1704-1788 France/Rococo-Portraitist

 

Brief Biography-Maurice Quentin de La Tour was born at Saint-Quentin in 1704. He was a disciple of Jean-Jacques Spoede before he began to use pastels. He visited London in 1725 and returned to Paris to work as a portraitist. He exhibited at the Salon in 1737, but he excelled mainly in his hometown, and, in 1746, he became an Academician. He did many portraits of Louis XV and Queen Marie Leszczynska. His exact likeness of sitters was such that Charles-André van Loo used La Tour's image of the Queen's head to save her sitting for her painting. His most famous work is of Madame de Pompadour, now in the Louvre. La Tour's last exhibit at the Salon was in 1773, before retiring to Saint-Quentin due to failing physical and mental health.

 

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jean
monnet

jean monnet

self portrait
with lace jabot

self-portrait with lace jabot

madame
de pompadour

madame de pompadour

monsieur duval
de l'Epinoy

monsieur duval de l'epinoy

jean charles
garnier d'Isle

jean charles garnier d isle

jean le rond
d'Alambert

jean le rond d alambert

Jean-Jacques
rousseau

jean-jacques rousseau

louis stanislas
comte de provence

louis stanislas comte de provence

louis the fifteenth
of france

louis the fifteenth of france

charles louis
auguste fouquet

charles louis auguste fouquet

marechal
de saxe

marechal de saxe

maurice comte
de saxe

maurice comte de saxe marshal of france

mlle ferrand
meditating on newton

mlle ferrand meditating on newton

Francois-Augustin
paradis de moncrif

Francois-Augustin paradis de moncrif

philibert orry
de vignory

philibert orry de vignory

portrait of nicole
richard as child

portrait of nicole richard as child

prince henry benedict
clement stuart

prince henry benedict clement stuart

queen marie
leszczynska

queen marie leszczynska

self
portrait

self-portrait

emilie
du chatelet

emilie du chatelet