Offered by Galerie Meier
Old master and modern paintings
Oil on canvas
Remains of signature in the middle right
18th century frame
Louis Tocqué born in 1696 and died in 1792, is a French portrait painter active during the period of Rococo art. He was known for his ability to capture the likeness and personality of his subjects with great skill and sensitivity.
Tocqué was born in Paris and trained with the famous portrait painter Hyacinthe Rigaud. He became a member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1720 and pursued a brilliant career as a portrait painter, receiving numerous commissions from members of the French aristocracy and royalty.
Our painting is representative of the Rococo portrait, with its delicate brushwork and soft, pastel colors. Tocqué was able to capture the discreet charm of the model as well as her elegance echoing her intelligence and spirit.
Tocqué's portraits are characterized by attention to detail. He was good at capturing facial expressions, refined postures and the delicacy of fabrics. He created both realistic and expressive portraits. His works were highly sought after by collectors of the time and his reputation allowed him to be appointed official portraitist of the court of France in 1746.
Today, Tocqué's paintings can be found in museums and private collections around the world.