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Charles Nicolas Cochin I, French, 1688-1754
La Mariée de Village (The Village Bride) (after Antoine Watteau), 1729
etching proof (state i/iii)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Fund 1978.25.3

View: state i/iii | engraving L'oeuvre d'Antoine Watteau

The proof conveys all the essential elements of the image with an ethereal refinement characteristic of French rococo art. The lightness of the etched lines retains the spontaneity of the artist's initial design on the plate.

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