Young Girl Holding a Pot of Hyacinths, Jean-Etienne Liotard, c. 1750 - c. 1755

Young Girl Holding a Pot of Hyacinths, Jean-Etienne Liotard, c. 1750 - c. 1755

pastel on vellum, h 59.2cm × w 46.2cm × w 5.2kg More details

It is difficult to be certain whether this pastel was intended as a portrait or a genre piece. In Liotard’s family it was known as a portrait of the Duchess of Marlborough, but that is improbable. More freely conceived than his more formal portraits, and with a softer, more melting use of pastel, it should perhaps be classified with La Liseuse as a generalised evocation of youthfulness.

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