The Country Dance1706 - 1710
In this, his earliest known painting, Watteau draws inspiration from scenes of fairs, peasant weddings and country dances by Flemish painters like Peter Paul Rubens and David Teniers. Compared to their Flemish forebears, however, Watteau's dancing villagers are more civilized and courtly. Rustic music, which frequently accompanies drunkenness and debauchery in Flemish art, here alludes to the natural harmony of social and familial order. Read more...
- 19-1/2 x 23-5/8 in
- Oil on canvas
- Public Domain, Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
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