Portrait of Antoine Watteau, Rosalba Carriera
Rosalba Carriera
Portrait of Antoine Watteau
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Rosalba Carriera: Porträt des Antoine Watteau, Pastellzeichnung. Privatbesitz, Paris

Rosalba Carriera

Portrait of Antoine Watteau, 1721?

265 x 226 mm
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Pastel on blue laid paper, #?, with gilt frame
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1090 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


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Rosalba Carriera is famous above all for the portraits she executed in pastel. Inscriptions on the drawing’s old mounting identify the subject as the young Antoine Watteau (1684–1721). This assumption appears doubtful, since, according to the sources, Carriera did not meet the French Rococo painter until shortly before the latter’s death. It may, however, be a fantasy portrait made after an engraving. The contrast between the coloured pastels and the blue of the paper lend this unfinished work special charm.

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