First North American Exhibition to Focus on Celebrated Eighteenth-Century Court Painter - Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789): Swiss Master, June 13, 2006, through September 17, 2006

painting of a laughing man looking at the viewer

A prolific pastelist, painter, and miniaturist who traveled throughout Europe and the Near East, Jean-Étienne Liotard is one of the most fascinating, yet least familiar, artists of the eighteenth century. Although Liotard enjoyed an international reputation in his own time, today his work is relatively little known outside his native Switzerland, even among specialists. The Frick Collection is pleased to present the first monographic exhibition in North America devoted to this intriguing artist. Inspired by Lore Heinemann’s generous 1997 bequest, Trompe l’Oeil, the exhibition Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702–1789): Swiss Master will present more than fifty paintings, drawings, miniatures, and engravings from the Musées d’art et d’histoire in Geneva, the world’s most extensive repository of Liotard’s oeuvre, together with pastels and other works from Swiss private collections. As few of these masterpieces have been seen in the United States, the exhibition will provide a singular opportunity for viewers to become more familiar with Liotard’s remarkable achievements. Its exclusive presentation in New York, through September 17, 2006, will be accompanied by the first general introductory publication on the artist in English as well as free public lectures and related concert programs.

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