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Seated Woman

Artist:
Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne)
Date:
1716–17
Medium:
Black, red and white chalk
Dimensions:
9 7/16 x 5 7/16 in. (24 x 13.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.763
Not on view
One of the most brilliant and innovative draftsmen of the eighteenth century, Watteau was an early exponent of the "trois-crayons" or "three-chalk" technique, which allowed his drawings to approach the rich coloristic effects of painting. This fetching study of a seated woman is a consummate example of his mastery of the technique. Freely mixing red, black, and white chalk, he captured the young woman's loosely pinned-up hair, luminous flesh tones, and the sheen of her dress. The Lehman sheet is not known to be a preparatory study for a painting, but the model does reappear in at least one other drawing by the artist. Her gesture is not easily understood, although her elegance and charming lack of self-consciousness come through clearly.
Schwab, Manchester (1957); [Schaeffer Galleries, New York]; acquired by Robert Lehman in 1958
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