Mar 15, 2016

Antoine Watteau

Antoine Watteau

c. 1727

François Boucher

(French, 1703–1770)

after Jean Antoine Watteau

(French, 1684–1721)

Etching and engraving

Sheet: 37.3 x 26.4 cm (14 11/16 x 10 3/8 in.); Platemark: 35.1 x 24.2 cm (13 13/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

Gift of P. & D. Colnaghi Co. 1925.1217

Catalogue raisonné: Inventaire du Fonds Français 65



This etching served as the frontispiece for Jean de Jullienne’s The Works of Antoine Watteau (L’Oeuvre d’Antoine Watteau). Early in his career, Boucher reproduced more than 100 etchings of Watteau’s works for the publication, learning to emulate his elegant draftsmanship. This had a lasting effect on the young artist, as is evident in a comparison of Boucher’s Andromeda with Watteau’s The Clothes Are Italian, both on view nearby. The tribute to Watteau inscribed below the portrait translates: Watteau, adorned by Nature with happy talents,Was very grateful for the gifts she gave him:Never has another hand painted her more beautifully,Nor been known to display her with features so gallant.

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