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Maurice-Quentin de La Tour
 
 

Self-portrait with Lace Jabot (ca 1751)
 
 
Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, also spelled Maurice Quentin de Latour (born Sept. 5, 1704, Saint-Quentin, France—died Feb. 17, 1788, Saint-Quentin), pastelist whose animated and sharply characterized portraits made him one of the most successful and imitated portraitists of 18th-century France.

Early in his youth La Tour went to Paris, where he entered the studio of the Flemish painter Jacques Spoede. He then went to Reims, Cambrai (1724), and England (c. 1725), returning to Paris to resume his studies in about 1727.

In 1737 La Tour exhibited the first of a splendid series of 150 portraits that formed one of the glories of the Salon for the next 37 years. He was able to endow his sitters with a distinctive air of charm and intelligence, and he excelled at capturing the delicate play of facial features. Among his subjects were the writers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire, the painter Joseph Vernet, and the philosopher Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, as well as Louis XV and his mistress, Mme de Pompadour, of whom he did a life-size portrait (1756). In 1746 he was received into the Academy and in 1751 was promoted to councillor. La Tour was made portraitist to the king in 1750, a position he held until 1773. La Tour retired at age 80 to Saint-Quentin.

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Maurice, Comte de Saxe, Marshal of France
1748
Pastel on paper, 59,5 x 49 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden





Jean Le Rond d'Alambert
1753
Pastel on blue paper, 56 x 46 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris





Monsieur Duval de l'Epinoy
Pastel on paper, 120 x 93 cm
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon




Mlle Ferrand Meditating on Newton
1753
Pastel on paper, 73 x 60 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich





Louis XV
Pastel on three sheets of blue papeer mounted on canvas, 66 x 58 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris




Maréchal de Saxe
Pastel on blue paper, 61 x 51 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris





Portrait of Nicole Richard as Child
1748-50
Pastel on greyish paper, 454 x 358 mm
Musée du Louvre, Paris





Marquise de Pompadour
c. 1755
Pastel on seven sheets of blue paper mounted on canvas, 178 x 2136 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris





Portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1753
Pastel, 47 x 38 cm
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva






Self-Portrait
1751
Pastel on paper, 65 x 53 cm
Musée de Picardie, Amiens





Self-Portrait
1776
Pastel on blue paper, 60 x 51 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris





Philibert Orry de Vignory
c. 1737
Pastel on blue paper, 117 x 90 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

 
 
 
 


Portrait of Gabriel Bernard de Rieux
 
 
 
 


Marie Leszcynska
 
 
 
 


Retrato del notario Laideguive
 
 
 
 


A Negro.
c. 1724-1788
 
 
 
 


Louis, Dauphin of France (Son of Louis XV).
c. 1755
 
 
 
 


Portrait of Mlle Sallë.
c. 1740
 
 
 
 


Portrait of Jacques-Charles Aubry
 
 
 
 


Charles Louis Auguste Fouquet
 
 
 
 


Madame Du Châtelet at her desk
 
 
 
 


Portrait of a Lady
 
 
 

 
 
 
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