My final project

by Morgan MacDonald

This piece caught my attention immediately with it's pastel blues and pinks, along with its rolling waves and fluid motion. Though at first glance it seems like a simple scene, it is filled with the detail prevalent in the Rococo period.
The ethereal quality of this piece is right in front of the viewers face. The clouds act as a cotton candy cushion for Aurora as she looks down at Cephalus. The light pastel pinks of the sky and clouds separate her from the clearly grounded Cephalus and his dog. The use of reds and greens further emphasize their separation.
The delicate details and use of soft pastels in this piece emphasize both Madame de Pompadour and the flowers and object around her. These gentle colors accentuate her gentle, yet regal nature. Even the greens and sanguine of the piece attribute to this overall effect.
This piece consists primarily of pinks and blues, with hints of yellows and browns thrown in. This use of color along with the placement of the figures make for a fluid composition. The pinks stand out from the blues, and draw the viewers eye around the piece from left to right, and then upwards in a zig zag motion. The swirls of sea and sky only add to the vivid movement within the piece.
This piece has a tremendous amount of detail. From the lace on her dress to the bracelet on her wrist, Boucher made sure that every little detail was accounted for. The colors are light and airy and add mystery to the identity of the woman depicted.
Though this piece is not by Boucher himself, it is done after him. Bonnet utilizes the same pinks and blues and attempts to replicate Boucher's style.
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