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January and February (part of a set illustrating the months of the year)

Artist:
Follower of Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
Date:
second quarter 18th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Oil on panel; wood frame, painted yellow and gilded
Dimensions:
116 x 15 1/2 in. (294.6 x 39.4 cm)
Classifications:
Woodwork, Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1922
Accession Number:
22.225.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 551
One of a set of panels (22.225.1–6) which probably formed a set of decoration for a room. Each panel represents two months of the year, depicting astrological signs and occupations appropriate to the seasons. January and February are represented by an old man and Harlequin warming themselves in front of a fire, above, and a skater, below. The figures of Pierrot, Harlequin and a putto with a tambourine allude to Carnival.
Mme Camille Lelong (until 1903; sale, no. 22) ; [her estate sale, Galerie Georges Petit , April 27-May 1, 1903, no. 22, as by Christophe Huet] ; [ Boudariat ] ; Eugène Kraemer ; [ Wildenstein and Co., Inc. , New York, 1922; sold to MMA ]
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