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Boucher also pioneered these small, intimate pictures, usually of women or young girls dressing and undressing. Although not exactly erotic, they gave the artist an opportunity to paint flesh, and to please his patrons with pictures suitable for their bed-rooms and sitting-rooms.
The pictures were seldom true portraits, but caught in a remarkable way the frivolous and wasteful manners of aristocratic society. It would not be unusual in these days for a lady's "toilette" to last three or four hours.