By: Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789)
Created: 1756-1758, Collection: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands Rights: Public Domain
Everything in this painting is about light and simple elegance. Just try to recreate this lightness and your recreation will be a success.
The portrait shows the wife of the painter in turkish dress of the 18th century. Jean-Étienne Liotard visited Istanbul and painted numerous pastels of Turkish domestic scenes; he also continued to wear Turkish dress for much of the time when back in Europe. Using modern dress was considered unheroic and inelegant, in history painting by using Middle Eastern settings with Europeans wearing local costume, as travelers were advised to do. Many travelers had themselves painted in exotic Eastern dress on their return, as did many who had never left Europe, including the famous “fashion icon” of the time, Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV and a contemporary of Liotard. Liotard’s eccentric adoption of oriental costume secured him the nickname of the “Turkish painter”. Source for the description: Wikipedia