Liotard was born in Geneva, and trained partly in Paris. He travelled widely and visited Rome, Constantinople, Vienna, Paris, London and Holland. From 1758 he was mainly resident in Geneva. He specialised in pastel, executing genre subjects and portraits.
1702 - 1789
Paintings by Jean-Etienne Liotard
The Swiss artist Jean-Etienne Liotard most likely produced this portrait in pastel on vellum or parchment while he was living in Constantinople from 1738 to 1742. He travelled widely across Europe, producing pastels and chalk drawings of European nobles and diplomats who are often in Eastern cost...
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At breakfast, an elegantly dressed woman watches a little girl dip a biscuit into milky coffee. The girl wears paper curlers in her hair. Coffee and chocolate were exclusive and costly beverages in the eighteenth century; the porcelain and silverware they use were no less luxurious.As well as cap...