François Boucher was a French Rococo painter born in 1703 in Paris; talented son of a lace designer, Boucher was to become the favourite painter of Madame de Pompadour, famous mistress of King Louis XV. Other than painting in Madame Pompadour favourite style, Boucher designed theater costumes and tapestries.
Here are his Self portrait in studio (1730-35) and two portraits of Madame de Pompadour (1750 and 1756). Madame de Pompadour’s real name was Jeanne Antoinette Poisson; she became Louis’ official mistress when she was 24 and remained that until her death at the age of 42. Well educated she recited entire plays by heart, painted, acted and played clavichord beside being very beautiful ;)