Pastoral Festivity, Jean-Baptiste Pater
Jean-Baptiste Pater
Pastoral Festivity
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Jean-Baptiste Pater

Pastoral Festivity, ca. 1725 – 1735


Dimensions
49.5 x 59.1 cm
Physical Description
Canvas
Inventory Number
1772
Acquisition
Acquired in 1924 as a bequest from Mathilde von Rothschild
Status
On display

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About the Work

This painting in the Städel Museum is a typical example of the French Rococo style and the popular, light-hearted garden parties of that era. The guests are on the swings or playing games and chatting. Nobody and nothing disturbs the harmony. The artist Jean-Baptiste Pater was described as the painter of "fêtes galantes", or "courtship parties".

About the Donation

Baroness Mathilde von Rothschild (1832–1924), a member of the Städelscher Museums-Verein, left this painting to the Städel in her will. Her very significant art collection focused particularly on French and English painting of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The widow of the banker Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild (1828–1901), Mathilde was the richest woman in Frankfurt. She set up several foundations for charitable purposes or for the public good, and also contributed towards the founding of Frankfurt’s university.

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Title
Pastoral Festivity
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Canvas
Material

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1924 as a bequest from Mathilde von Rothschild

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Iconclass

Primary
  • 43AA2 private festivities, merry company - AA - in the open air, 'fête champêtre'
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31D14 adult man
Secondary
  • 43B611 swing
  • 48C24 piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture
  • 48C244 pedestal of a piece of sculpture (perhaps in the form of a herm)
  • 48C16 architectural detail

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20.08.2019