Monday, 7 October 2019

The Chocolate Pot by Jean-Etienne Liotard (1745)




This painting portrays a maid carrying a tray with hot chocolate on it.  The tones of her dress complement perfectly her pale luminous skin.

At the time chocolate was a treat food and was served with water on the side.

This was done with pastels – amazing!

The artist was a bit of an eccentric.  Born in Switzerland he spent quite a long time in the Ottoman empire and adopted Turkish dress even when back in Britain.

My attention was drawn to this work by a huge doorstop of a book I got from the library – The Art Book from Phaidon Press.  Get it out if you have strong enough muscles.   There are 579 pages, each dedicated to one work by an artist.  The artists are in alpha order so you get interesting juxtapositions between modern art and old masters.

1 comment:

  1. I love art and seeing paintings from the past. Pastels?? SO beautiful. It boggles my mind at the talent that took.

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