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Self-portrait of Jean Étienne Liotard, head only looking to right with curly hair. 1733
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Height: 117 millimetres
Width: 101 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Humbert & Revilliod record that the impression in the BN, Paris, has on it a brief biography written by Liotard himself. According to this, the plate was etched in 1733, when Liotard was still a pupil of Massé.
The print is very rare. Apart from a third impression that was recorded in the family collection in 1897 (now in the Rijksmuseum, see Bulletin 59 2011, pp.204-7), there is one counterproof, sold by Christopher Mendez to the Lugt collection in 1982, which is of an earlier state before extra shading in the background and to the face. It has a manuscript annotation by a contemporary: 'Portrait de Liotard peintre. il a pris ensuite un habillement turque et portoit une langue barbe. il reussissoit aux portraits en pastel qui étoit d'un grand fini.' See 'Morceaux Choisis', Paris (Collection Frits Lugt) 1994, cat.75.
Another impression was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009 (Perrin Stein, 'Artists and Amateurs', 2013, cat.56). She prefers to date it to 1731.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018 - 2019 29 Sep-6 Jan, Dresden, "The most beautiful pastel ever". The Chodolate Girl by jean-Etienne Liotard in the Dresden
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- Acquisition notes
- The print is still on the original sheet of Walpole's album of portraits of artists, mounted with two other portraits of Liotard (1852,0214.357 to 359)
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