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Watteau: 1684–1721

Margaret Morgan Grasselli and Pierre Rosenberg, with the assistance of Nicole Parmentier
Published 1984
578 pages

Published on the 300th anniversary of his birth, this catalog accompanied the first international loan exhibition devoted to the art of the great French 18th-century artist Antoine Watteau. Watteau’s brief life, his illness, and his friends are described, and detailed catalog entries examine his drawings, prints, and paintings. The catalog also explores Watteau’s Parisian milieu and the world of the theater, opera, and music. The reader will find here not only a thorough study that places Watteau in his time, but also discussions of the current state of his works and the restoration performed on two of his paintings. The catalog, rather than serving as a monograph, places Watteau’s oeuvre in a context that will give the reader a better understanding of the artist’s intentions and a greater appreciation of his works.

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