The Artist’s Niece, Marianne Lavergne, Known as ‘La Liseuse’, Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1746

The Artist’s Niece, Marianne Lavergne, Known as ‘La Liseuse’, Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1746

pastel on vellum, h 54.5cm × w 43cm × w 6kg More details

This is the original of one of Liotard’s most famous compositions, of which he made several versions. He entitled it La Liseuse (the reader), and evidently intended it as a genre piece, although he also identified the figure as his niece wearing Lyonnaise costume. Liotard took it to Versailles in 1748 to advertise his skills as a pastellist to the French court.

On display in room 1.11

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