Seated Woman Holding a Fan

Antoine Watteau French

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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.

Seated Woman Holding a Fan, Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne), Red, black, and white chalk

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