Jean Étienne Liotard (Swiss, 1702–1789)
Red and black chalk
9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. (24.1 x 18.7 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2000 (2000.7)
One of the most original and talented draftsmen of the eighteenth century, Liotard created exceedingly refined portraits of his contemporaries. This portrait of an unidentified man is a masterful example of Liotard's mature style. The sitter's authority and intelligence are conveyed through the figure's noble posture, the slight turn of the head, and his confident gaze. The elegant waistcoat and cravat heighten the aura of sophistication and delicacy that surround the figure. The careful, coloristic modeling of the figure's features is highly sensitive and is typical of Liotard's beautiful portrait drawings.