L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Still-life, tea service, by Liotard, circa 1781-83
The celebrated portraitist Jean-Étienne Liotard returned to his native Geneva in 1776; that December he turned seventy-four. He spent the remaining thirteen years of his life painting landscapes and still-lifes, like this charming painting of a tea service. Working in oils rather than the pastel he is most known for, his description of the various surfaces - porcelain, silver, lacquer - is exquisite and, I would say... tender.
Stephen O'Donnell, painter and singer/performer. A mid-career fine artist, I have been showing professionally since 1995. Married to author and graphic designer Gigi Little, with whom I occasionally perform a mother and daughter singing act, Madeleine and Penny Prévert.