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September 30, 2009

Art du Jour! Costume Study


Costume Study by Watteau, in ink.

I love this one because, aside from the pretty and simple garment, the wearer really looks like she has something to say, or to laugh about.  Pointing her fan gives her character! I imagine I might walk around pointing my fan in a similar fashion!
10 comments
Anonymous said...

are you sure that's Watteau, sweetie? By the look of it he must've been dead more than 60 years when that was made...

Johanna Öst said...

This has to be by "the other" Watteau, Francois Louis Joseph Watteau! He's a wonderful artist and I hadn't seen this drawing before. I love it!

Lauren said...

This study is indeed done by François Louis Joseph Watteau.

The Clark Art Institute owns the drawing and it is in their Prints, Drawings and Photographs collection.

Other information regarding the piece:
It was done with brush, inks & pencil on paper. He used gray and reddish-brown inks over the pencil.
Size: (11 15/16 x 8 1/2 in)

It is really quite lovely!

Polonaise said...

Yes "the other" Watteau really is an excellent artist and I always enjoy seeing 3/4 or back views of dress. This drawing is extra lovely.

Though I don't think I would stop at merely pointing my fan. I'd be jabbing people with it, prodding, whapping....

Paul Miller said...

Looks like the other, other Watteau is getting a littel mainstream press, Lauren. Here is the link: http://www.slate.com/id/2229697/

Lauren said...

how excellent! Tell me, Mr. Miller, are you on twitter?

Paul Miller said...

No twitter, m'dear. I'm too long winded to pull that off. Why do you ask?

American Duchess said...

Ah, I just did an article about The Language of the Fan, and I our ladi in this sweet little watercolor could be saying "Do You Love Me?" or "Do not be so imprudent." Then again, she could just pointing with it, lol!

Lauren said...

@American Duchess - How interesting!! I like both of those options but I can see by the slidght smile on her face it might be a "Do not be some imprudent *snicker* "

Or just poking... :o)

Lauren said...

@Paul Miller
Asked about the twitter because I would be sure to follow you on there. Your tweets would be entertaining I am sure!

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