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Watteau: 1624-1721
June 17 – September 23, 1984
West Building Ground Floor

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 73 paintings, 143 drawings, and 8 etchings commemorated the 300th anniversary of the birth of Antoine Watteau. 41 of the paintings including Gilles,The Embarkation for Cythera, and Gersaint's Shopsign were shown in the United States for the first time.

Organization: Pierre Rosenberg, chief curator at the Musée du Louvre, selected the paintings. Margaret Morgan Grasselli was coordinator at the National Gallery and was in charge of the graphics. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition and Gordon Anson designed the lighting for the National Gallery. Versions of the exhibition were shown in Paris and Berlin.

Catalog: Watteau: 1684-1721, by Margaret Morgan Grasselli and Pierre Rosenberg, with Nicole Parmantier. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1984.

Other Venues: Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, October 23, 1984–January 28, 1985
Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, February 22–May 26, 1985

Image: Antoine Watteau, The Italian Comedians, probably 1720, oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1946.7.9

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