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‘Jean-Etienne Liotard’

On the NYR Daily, Jenny Uglow writes, “It’s odd when, after seeing an exhibition of portraits, the ones that stay in my mind aren’t of the great and good and glamorous, but of minor figures, slipped in among the throng—servants, or needlewomen, or children. This is certainly the case with the remarkable show of Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789). It’s two weeks now since I saw it, yet I’m still puzzling over the nature of the Swiss-French painter’s charm and strength.

I find that the images that linger are not those of his most famous clients, the royal families of Britain, France, and Austria, but scenes like La Chocolatiere (1744-1745), the maid in her starched apron, still showing the creases where it was folded, carrying the cup with such care.”

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Category: Exhibition
Royal Academy
Burlington House,
London, England