Jean-Étienne Liotard: Portrait of a Young Woman (c.1760)

Jean-Etienne Liotard, Swiss, (1702–1789), Portrait of a Young Woman, pastel on paper, 16 x 12 3/4 in. (40.6 x 32.4 cm), Painted late 18th century, St. Louis Art Museum, Image Source: wikimedia

“For its beauty, vivacity, freshness and lightness of palette,” Liotard wrote, “pastel painting is more beautiful than any other kind of painting.” Liotard is known for pressing pastel quite forcefully onto the paper to create extra brilliance in order to exaggerate these qualities. This peculiar technique and desire for luminosity is what set him apart from other artists working with pastel and makes his works unique.”


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I was introduced to this lovely pastel portrait in the post Jean-Étienne Liotard – Portrait of a Young Woman (c.1760) on the blog Arti e bagagli.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. May we all desire luminosity.

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  2. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Lovely portrait!

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  3. What a beautiful painting. ❤ I’d never heard of this artist before.

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    1. I had not heard of this artist either. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dracul. 🙂

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  4. Tamara Kulish from says:

    I love the rendering of this piece, and it is historically significant because it portrays a woman of color as being refined Ed and genteel, when too many artists I corporated visual cues to show people of color were seen as less than. This shows a highly desirable young woman, but not shown in a lewd or coarse way. Wonderful selection!

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    1. Thanks for articulating so clearly – these are the reasons I love this painting, too, Tamara. 🙂

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      1. Tamara Kulish from says:


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      2. Tamara Kulish from says:

        It’s these kind of art pieces that keep me wondering about what was going on for the artist and the family who commissioned such a piece. I’d love to know the story behind the outward story!

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      3. Yes, inquiring minds want to know! I wonder if it actually was a commissioned piece (?) This painting differs from the other portraits by this artist, many of which I don’t particularly love. This woman is extraordinary – and he caught that on canvas.

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      4. Tamara Kulish from says:

        Hmmm… makes me wonder then if he had feelings for her?! I hope I’ll come across an answer to this!

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