Monday, October 17, 2011

The Chocolate Pot


I love this painting. The pastels are restrained, the lines and execution are even, and the subject matter is almost bland, but for that, all the more charming in its sincerity (look at the drapery, the tie of the apron, and her shoes!) It feels totally effortless, as though Liotard got every detail exactly right by intuition. It has such firm graphic force. I know it from a cheap Phaidon book of reproductions my Dad bought me when I was a little kid. I still have the book - I was thumbing through it just now and thought of the Beauty blog when I saw this picture for the first time in years.

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