Marie Congnard-Bathailhy, Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1757

Marie Congnard-Bathailhy, Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1757

pastel on vellum, h 57.5cm × w 47cm × w 8.5kg More details

This touching and intimate portrait was made towards the end of Liotard’s first sojourn in the Netherlands. The sitter was the 65-year old grandmother of Liotard’s Dutch bride Marie Fargues, a Huguenot like himself, whom he married in Amsterdam in 1756. The virtuoso rendering of the sitter’s black lace pellerine has earned her the sobriquet ‘la dame aux dentelles’.

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