Jean-Etienne Liotard, the famous 18th century portrait painter is unveiled at the Royal Academy of Arts
Until 31st January 2016
The Royal Academy of Arts in London presents, from 24th October 2015 to 31st January 2016, the first major retrospective of the portrait painter Jean-Etienne Liotard.
Born at the start of 18th century, Jean-Etienne Liotard is one of the most accomplished portrait painters of his time. As a popular painter of 18th century aristocracy, the Genevan artist painted, amongst the most famous of the period, the Archduchess Marie-Antoinette of Austria. Widely recognised for his skilful portraits, he also immortalised contemporary sovereigns, popes and princesses. As a talented society painter, Jean-Etienne Liotard knew how to make the right choices in the course of his career, notably using a highly fashionable technique at that time: pastel. Thus he created numerous magnificently executed portraits on parchment. With a realistic style, the portraitist was particularly interested in the effects of time and age on his subjects. As a wide and eccentric traveller, Jean-Etienne Liotard painted the portraits of the British, French and Austrian royal families as well as drawing numerous scenes from daily life in the Ottoman Empire.
Exhibitions of the life and work of Jean-Etienne Liotard are rare. The Swiss artist has never previously been honoured like this in England. Known as ‘The Turk’ because of his oriental dress, this painter of unusual personality can be discovered at the Royal Academy of Arts until 31st January 2016. For this first retrospective, over 70 works are included that have rarely been seen in public. As most of Jean-Etienne Liotard’s works were executed in pastel, a rather unstable medium, travel has long been unadvisable. Including work by the artist first done in Paris, Vienna, Geneva, Constantinople and London, this exhibition is a fine tribute, long overdue, demonstrating the major talent of this exceptional portrait painter.
For further details on the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts
Place : Royal Academy of Arts
Address : Burlington House-Piccadilly London W1JOBD
District : Mayfair
Open hours : Saturday-Monday: 10am - 6pm, Friday: 10am - 10pm
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