Thursday, December 8, 2011

Impressions of Madame du Barry

Madame LeBrun reflects:
It was in 1786 that I went for the first time to Louveciennes, where I had promised to paint Mme. Du Barry. She might then have been about forty-five years old. She was tall without being too much so; she had a certain roundness, her throat being rather pronounced but very beautiful; her face was still attractive, her features were regular and graceful; her hair was ashy, and curly like a child's. But her complexion was beginning to fade. She received me with much courtesy, and seemed to me very well behaved, but I found her more spontaneous in mind than in manner: her glance was that of a coquette, for her long eyes were never quite open, and her pronunciation had something childish which no longer suited her age. (Read entire post.)
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3 comments:

Matterhorn said...

Even Madame du Barry evidently had her good qualities; it is terrible that she was betrayed in the end by someone she had helped. May God have mercy on her.

Gio said...

Thanks a lot for linking to my post!

Georgette said...

Lovely painting. I wonder what 'faded complexion' means, really. Not as ruddy, perhaps?