Posts Tagged ‘Francois Boucher’

The Future of Art

Friday, March 1st, 1991

It is art that acknowl­edges the struggle of its own making, and conveys a sense of life as composed of frag­ments, where not every­thing is legible, and some things are irrev­o­cably ruined or lost. The past haunts and enriches the present. Memory and imag­i­na­tion are inter­twined. It is a mirror of the soul.

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Madame de Pompadour

Friday, June 1st, 1990

Madame de Pompadour always managed to look graceful, even in the most constricting clothes — corsets, bustles, and stays. Like Madonna, she created a Look that was supremely arti­fi­cial — the powdered hair, the heavily applied make-up, the elab­o­rate gowns. Like Madonna in her John-Paul Gaultier bustiers, La Pompadour in her negligée proudly displayed her sexu­ality as the source of her power.

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Textile Masterpieces

Thursday, February 8th, 1990

Rugs and blan­kets, shrouds and shawls: textiles touched the lives of the people who lived with them. Slum­bering in store­rooms, rolled up and protected from light, these textile master­pieces have kept their vibrant colors and some­thing of their human warmth. Now, unfurled, they look like magic carpets, poised to rise.

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The Grand Tour

Sunday, January 28th, 1990

Light as a whisper, these elegant images, in the deli­cate style known as ROCOCO, convey the “sweet­ness of life” before the Revo­lu­tion. Some­thing of the warmth of the artist’s hand still lingers in all the little jabs and touches of chalk or ink that make up these deli­cious little 18th century draw­ings and prints.

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