Marie Fargues, the Painter’s Wife, 1756 - 1758 by Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789)
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Liotard was already 54 when he married the 29-yearold Marie Fargues in Amsterdam in 1756. This extraordinary portrait – it is one of Liotard’s largest pastels and necessitated the use of two pieces of vellum – was probably done shortly following their wedding. Liotard chose a composition he had first used in a drawing made in Constantinople and had repeated several times in different contexts: it was, indeed, one of the most famous inventions of his persona as ‘Le peintre turc’.
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