'Jean Jacques Rousseau' by Maurice Quentin de la Tour

‘Jean Jacques Rousseau’ by Maurice Quentin de la Tour

 

'Head of a Young Girl' by Maurice Quentin de la Tour

‘Head of a Young Girl’ by Maurice Quentin de la Tour

Likely under the inspiration of predecessor Rosalba Carreira, The 18th-century French painter Maurice Quentin de la Tour began his art career by choosing pastel portraiture also.
The smiles, half-smiles, or just good cheer visible in these faces drew my attention. Here are two examples I enjoyed a lot. I feel they show a full commitment to modernity as well as a fully personal and individual interpretation. This is true for both sitters and artist.

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