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Costumed Dancers Performing in a Garden Tavern

Costumed Dancers Performing in a Garden Tavern

1756
(French, 1724–1780)
Sheet: 19.8 x 31.3 cm (7 13/16 x 12 5/16 in.); Secondary Support: 19.8 x 31.3 cm (7 13/16 x 12 5/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Gabriel de Saint-Aubin reused the female dancer in another drawing from 1760.

Description

Gabriel de Saint-Aubin was known for his rapidly executed, sketchy style, often used to depict performances and social scenes. The exaggerated lifted legs of the dancers seen here imply a comic, theatrical style; no social dance during the 18th century would have permitted such pronounced gestures, especially for a woman. Both dancers wear jackets with irregular hemlines decorated with round bells similar to those found on jesters’ costumes. The lanterns and swags of flowers strung from trees and the small orchestra playing on the right suggest a guinguette, or outdoor tavern with a pleasure garden.
  • ?-at least 1951
    John S. Thacher [1904-1982], Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Washington
    ?-by 1966
    Member of the Rothschild family
    1966
    (Rosenberg & Stiebel, Inc., New York, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH)
    1966-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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    Tietze, Hans. European Master Drawings in the United States. New York: J.J. Augustin, 1947. Mentioned and reproduced: no. 108
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