1700s France & Society
The high life in Paris, Versailles and the country in the time of Louis XV (1715-1774) and the first half of the reign of Louis XIV, through aristo celebs…
In a reception room, a madam, accompanied by a young prostitute, comes to welcome a client whose refined appearance leads us to believe he is an aristocrat. A half-open door leads to a room with a second entrance used by the young prostitute. The intimate nature of the room is suggested by the bidet with a sponge and an enema next to it, mules on the floor and hanging clothes... via anticstore.art/92246P
Date of creation / manufacture: 3rd quarter of the 18th century (1769) Painted by Louis-Michel Van Loo. Abel-François Poisson de Vandières, marquis de Marigny and marquis de Menars (1727 – 12 May 1781), often referred to simply as marquis de Marigny, was a French nobleman who served as the director general of the King's Buildings. He married Louis XV's illegitmate daughter when she was 16 and he was 40. Via the Louvre
The Interior of an Atelier of a Woman Painter, 1789, Marie Victoire Lemoine Lemoine could not show this painting at the Salon until 1796, when post-Revolutionary reforms greatly expanded women artists’ access to the privileges of the Académie Royale. The original title suggests an exemplary depiction of women in this profession, but those close to the artist recognized a self-portrait with her sister, Marie-Elisabeth, who was also a painter. The Met.
Louis Pierre d'Hozier (20 November 1685 – 25 September 1767) was a French nobleman and genealogist and the fourth holder of the post of 'juge d'armes de France'. He was born and died in Paris. The grandson of Pierre d'Hozier and nephew of Charles René d'Hozier, he collaborated with his youngest son Antoine Marie d'Hozier to produce the 10-volume l'Armorial de France (1738-1768), covering most of the French noble families of the time. Via Wikipedia
In 1758 Helvétius published his philosophical magnum opus, a work called De l'esprit (On Mind), which claimed that all human faculties are attributes of mere physical sensation, and that the only real motive is self-interest, therefore there is no good and evil, only competitive pleasures. Its atheistic, utilitarian and egalitarian doctrines raised a public outcry, and the Sorbonne publicly burned it in 1759, forcing Helvétius to issue several retractions.
Pierre-Victor, Baron de Besenval by Jean-Marc Nattier, sometime in the 1740s. Captain of Louis XV's Swiss Guards and Knight of the Order of St Louis, the baron is shown in armour against a battlefield, and yet in this somewhat lyrical portrait he seems very unlike a military commander. He was a man of elegance and poetry, and indeed was renowned for his memoirs and a number of famous poems.
Painting Commissioned by Louis XV. First depiction of a champagne bottle. Look at the waiter center with his eyes skyward... he is watching a cork flying into the air after the champagne bottle was popped! Via Google Arts & Culture (which doesnt alllowing pinning ugh).
Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France, riding, 1783, by Louis-Auguste Brun. Controversial because the Queen is wearing slim fitting breeches, and riding astride! The Gallery of French Fashions and Costumes used this composition on an engraved plate, but they replaced the breeches with an Amazonian skirt, seen as less transgressive. Via Google Arts & Culture
The 18th Century French equivalent of the Greyhound bus. The carabas ran many times a day between Paris and Versailles on the Versailles road and carried up to twenty passengers. From Paul Lacroix's The Eighteenth Century its Institutions, Customs, and Costumes France 1700-1789. Lucinda Brant author copy