Pink Liza is an archival print from a painting by Lyle Suter completed in 1972. The original Pink Liza artwork is a 16 inch by 12 inch oil painting on canvas that was selected for inclusion into the Barton Whiskey Black Art Collection. “Reproductions” or prints of Pink Liza were offered in advertisements for Barton Whisky in the publication Tuesday Magazine in the cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and St. Louis.
The advertisements included the following wording: “Without a doubt Lyle Suter’s work reflects the finest in Black American Art. Now Barton, maker of America’s finest whiskies, offers Tuesday readers a beautiful reproduction of Suter’s famous oil painting, Pink Liza. A quality print on canvas that captures the artistic genius of every brush stroke. Pink Liza is a work of fine art you’ll feel proud to display in your home. It reflects the same quiet taste that prompted Barton to name the newest member of its fine whiskey collection, Barton’s QT. Barton’s QT is the new Quiet Taste in whiskey. The first American whiskey with absolute smoothness. Because the Quiet Taste is as smooth as you can get.” The ad featured photographs of both Pink Liza and Mr. Suter and an image of a bottle of a bottle of Barton Whisky with its distinctive label.
Interestingly, Mr. Suter painted three versions of Pink Liza. Pink Liza One was purchased by an art collector for their home while Pink Liza Two and Three were kept by Mr. Suter in his private collection. The archival print of Pink Liza Two is the only artwork by Mr. Suter in the Gift Shop both painted and reproduced on canvas. The Pink Liza exhibit in the Lyle Suter Art Museum can be located under “Professional Artist”, drop down list to Potpourri and scroll down to last section.