Jean Etienne Liotard
'a joyous time machine back to the Enlightenment' - The Guardian
Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702–1789) was renowned during the eighteenth century for his exquisite portraits and works in pastel. Jean-Etienne Liotard painted some of the most significant rulers and aristocrats in Europe, including the entire British Royal Family, He worked in the Near East as well as in major European capitals. While in Constantinople, he painted the local residents as well as the British community, and adopted an eccentric style of dress that, when he later visited London, saw him become known as ‘The Turk’. 'Those who are not capable of judging for themselves… might smell something of the Quack from his appearance: the long beard — Turk’s dress — which as well as his behaviour is of the very essence of Imposture.' Joshua Reynolds
This volume, accompanying the first exhibition of his works to be shown in the United Kingdom, illuminates the career of this little-known artist, showcasing a variety of his extraordinary works, including portraits, drawings and enamels.
- Author: Christopher Baker, Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
- Hardcover: 230 pages
- Date published: July 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1907533990
- Dimensions: 27 x 24.8 x 2.9 cm
★★★★★ 'a joyous time machine back to the Enlightenment' The Guardian
'an absorbing show, bringing to life a rather forgotten figure who was clearly a great character' - The Evening Standard
'there is much to admire in this fascinating display of works from a master craftsman' - Huffington Post
'The exhibition opens with a bizarre oil self-portrait of the artist laughing like a maniac and pointing with a strange, elongated finger. This is Liotard having the last laugh, back in fashion after two centuries, and enchanting everyone again' - The Spectator
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