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Study of a Nude Man Holding Bottles

Artist:
Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
Date:
ca. 1715–16
Medium:
Black, red, and white chalk.
Dimensions:
10 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. (27.7 x 22.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
1972.118.238
Not on view
The four large oval paintings of the Seasons commissioned by Pierre Crozat (1665–1740) for his Paris dining room constitute rare examples of mythological subjects in Watteau's oeuvre. The painting Autumn, known today only through engravings, depicted a standing satyr pouring wine for a seated Bacchus. This sheet is one of two known studies (the other is in the Courtauld Institute Galleries, London) for the figure of the standing satyr. The New York drawing must have been the earliest, made before Watteau decided to bend the satyr's pouring arm to better suit the oval format. Red, black, and white chalk are intuitively combined to produce the appropriately ruddy flesh tones of the satyr.
Vassal de Saint-Hubert , his sale, Paris, March 23 - April 17, 1779, possibly part of lot 94: "deux bons dessins, à la pierre noire et à la sanguine, sur papier blanc, représentants deux hommes nuds, dont un tient deux bouteilles, hauteur 10 pouces 3 lignes, largeur 8 pouces 3 lignes."; Felix Harbord (London), according to Virch.; Mrs. H. D. Gronau (London); Walter C. Baker; Donor: Walter C. Baker
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. "Van Clouet Tot Matisse, De Clouet à Matisse, Clouet to Matisse : French Drawings from American Collections," July 31, 1958–September 28, 1958.

Musée de l'Orangerie. "Van Clouet Tot Matisse, De Clouet à Matisse, Clouet to Matisse : French Drawings from American Collections," October 1, 1958–January 31, 1959.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Van Clouet Tot Matisse, De Clouet à Matisse, Clouet to Matisse : French Drawings from American Collections," February 1, 1959–March 31, 1959.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Walter C. Baker Collection of Drawings," June 2, 1960–September 4, 1960.

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Bean and Turcic 1986.329; Rosenberg and Prat 1996.373.
Catalogue of an exhibition of French master drawings of the 18th century, held for the benefit of the French Hospital and dispensary, London. Matthiesen Gallery, London, 1950, cat. no. 106.

Drawings by Old Masters. Exhibition at The Royal Academy, Diploma Gallery. Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1953, cat. no. 394, p. 92.

Karl Theodore Parker, Jacques Mathey Antoine Watteau: Catalogue complet de son oeuvre dessiné. Paris, 1957, cat. no. 578, p. 74, ill.

French Drawings from American Collections: Clouet to Matisse Ex. cat. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Dutch, French and English versions of catalogue. Rotterdam, Paris, New York, MMA February 3 - March 15, 1959, cat. no. 85, pl. 33.

Claus Virch "The Walter C. Baker Collection of Master Drawings." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 18, no. 10, New York, June 1960, p. 315.

A. Hyatt Mayor, Daniel Wildenstein Centennial Loan Exhibition, Drawings and Watercolors from Alumnae and Their Families. Exh. cat. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1961, cat. no. 51, n.p., ill.

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Jacob Bean (Baker Collection entries) Great Private Collections. Douglas Cooper -, New York, 1963, p. 35, ill.

Malcolm Cormack The Drawings of Watteau. London, New York, 1970, fig. no. pl. 42, p. 28.

Jacob Bean Notable Acquisitions, 1979-1980: Drawings (Walter C. Baker Collection, and other sources). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1980, p. 48, ill.

Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Pierre Rosenberg Watteau, 1684-1721. Ex. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Washington, 1984, cat. no. D64, p. 132, ill.

Donald Posner Antoine Watteau. Ithaca, New York, 1984, pp. 80, 283.

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Ewa Lajer-Burcharth "Drawing Time" October. 151, Winter 2015, 15.



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