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Self-Portrait as Madame Pompadour

42.00"W x 48.00"H x 1.5"D

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Hana Shoup

DENVER, CO

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: century, 18th, blue, classical, figurative, portrait, old-master, fashion, royalty, french, dress, lady

Media: panel, oil

Size: 42"W x 48"H x 1.5"D

Year Created: 2018

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She is a fabulous lady in her flower garden dress, staring back at the viewer with confidence and style. This painting was inspired by Boucher's portrait of Madame Pompadour, the infamous mistress of King Louis XV of France. However, the details and style of my hand are subtle changes to the original (notice the palette and brushes on the floor at her feet). I further change the painting by inserting my own features. Thus, I take on the role of both the sitter and artist.

I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew constantly all through childhood. Animals were my first models, both real (my menagerie of pets) and fantastic (dragons and such). Despite this obsession with drawing, I did not pursue art as a career until college. During my undergraduate education, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I absorbed these subjects like a sponge, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting concentration from Baylor University. I traveled abroad, and lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the the States, I dove into art again. I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore. I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast and to attend MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I currently live in Denver.

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