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Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684 - 1721)

Le Repos Gracieux

A387; oil on panel; 19.5 x 11.3 cm

Prov: Thélusson; Solirène; Delaroche; Lord Taunton; E.A.V. Stanley

Presented by Mrs W.F.R. Weldon, 1927; WA1927.2

Grasselli and Rosenberg 1984, no. 27

The figures are dressed as Columbine and Crispin from the Commedia dell'Arte and from French popular drama respectively; they may be actors, off-stage, or lovers in fancy dress. A387 is typical of Watteau's enigmatic paintings, often inspired by theatrical and musical themes; it may date from c.1713. The figures reappear in an engraving by Gabriel Huquier, perhaps based on a lost drawing. An early copy of A387 is at Rennes.

Information derived from the The Ashmolean Museum Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.