The Chocolate Girl

Liotard, Jean-Étienne (1702-1789) | Painter


This image of a simple serving girl, painted in Vienna in 1744, became Liotard’s most famous pastel. It is not known whether he portrayed a real individual or merely depicted a parlour-maid serving hot chocolate as a type. The low social status of the subject, the full-figure profile depiction and the realistic representation made this painting significantly different from all the others in the historic pastel cabinet. The title “The Chocolate Girl” only gained currency in the mid-19th century.

Material & Technique
Pastel on parchment
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1744
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. P 161