Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
Red, black, and white chalk
8 3/8 x 8 1/8 in. (21.3 x 20.6 cm)
Gift of Ann Payne Blumenthal, 1943
Not on view
Watteau was most famous for his fêtes galantes—scenes of aristocratic and theatrical figures at leisure in imaginary park settings. He made numerous figure studies from life that he used to prepare his paintings. In this drawing, he used three colors of chalk to create a lively, lifelike effect. The white highlights add to the luster of the sheet, especially in the sheen of the silky dress.
Andrew James (British, died 1857); Miss Sarah Ann James (London)Sale, Christies, London, June 22-23, 1891, lot 309.; Sir James Knowles (British, Reigate 1831–1908 Brighton), his sale, Christies, London, May 27-29, 1908, lot 242.; Jacques Seligmann; George Blumenthal; Donor: Ann Payne Blumenthal
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P. Leroi "[Notice]" in L'Art. vol. 51, 1891, cat. no. 309, p. 96.
Karl Theodore Parker The Drawings of Antoine Watteau. London, 1931, cat. no. 37, fig. no. pl. 37, p. 44, ill.
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"MMA Bulletin" French Drawings. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 17, no. 6, New York, February 1959, p. 166, ill.
Jean-Francois Méjanès, Jacques Vilain Pierre-Charles Trémolières (Cholet, 1703- Paris, 1739). Ex. cat. Musée de Cholet, 1973, cat. no. under no. 1, p. 119.
Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Pierre Rosenberg Watteau, 1684-1721. Ex. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Washington, 1984, cat. no. under D85, fig. no. 2 (under D85), pp. 160, 302, 30, ill.
Margaret Morgan Grasselli "Eleven New Drawings by Nicolas Lancret." Master Drawings. vol. 23-24, no. 3, 1985-1986, fig. no. 1, p. 378.
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Michael Kitson Claude to Corot, The Development of Landscape Painting in France. Ex. cat. Alan Wintermute, Colnaghi, New York, University of Washington, Seattle, New York and Seattle, 1990, cat. no. under 85, fig. no. 6, p. 136, ill.
Pierre Rosenberg, Louis-Antoine Prat Antoine Watteau 1684-1721: Catalogue raisonné des dessins. Milan, 1996, cat. no. 542 (vol. II), pp. 916-917, ill.
Artist: Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)Date: ca. 1714Medium: Red chalk. A strip of paper 1.2 cm. in height has been added at upper margin.Accession: 80.3.524On view in:Not on view