The Easel

Jean-Etienne Liotard, Royal Academy

Artists are easily forgotten. In the case of Etienne Liotard, his profile may have fallen because his superlative work has been hard to transport. But one critic suspects there is more. He was“[a] happy man with happy skills… working happily in happy places. That isn’t nothing he’s pointing to in that mad … self-portrait. It’s everything. No wonder they couldn’t find a place for him in the twisty, angsty, neurotic meta-narrative of the rococo.”