342
342
Jean Antoine Watteau
HEAD OF A YOUNG WOMAN
Estimate
25,00035,000
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342
Jean Antoine Watteau
HEAD OF A YOUNG WOMAN
Estimate
25,00035,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Jean Antoine Watteau
VALENCIENNES 1684 - 1721 NOGENT-SUR-MARNE
HEAD OF A YOUNG WOMAN
Black and red chalk with touches of white heightening (partly oxidised);
bears numbering in brown ink, top left: 36
69 by 60 mm
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Provenance

Prince Lobanoff-Rostovsky (according to label on back of frame);
Pierre Defer (1798-1870), Paris (L.739), 
by inheritance to his son-in-law Henri Dumesnil (1823-1898), 
his sale, Paris, Hotel Drouot, 10-12 May 1900, lot 217 (1.950 francs, to Danlos);
private collection, England

Literature

M. Morgan Grasselli, 'Eighteen Drawings by Antoine Watteau: A Chronological Study', Master Drawings, vol. 31, no. 2, 1993, pp. 119-20, no. 12, fig. 21;
P. Rosenberg and L. A. Prat, Antoine Watteau 1684-1721 Catalogue raisonné des dessins, vol. II, cat. 633, reproduced (recto and verso)

Catalogue Note

Much like lot 332, the present sheet, with its delicate handling, including soft touches of black chalk along the jaw and chin and in the hair, has been dated by Grasselli to 1717-19, while Rosenberg and Prat regard it as a fractionally later work of 1718-19 (see Literature).

Though the drawing does not appear to connect to any of Watteau’s known paintings, it can be closely compared on stylistic grounds to drawings in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam1 and Fondation Custodia, Paris,2 both of which contain head studies used in a variety of paintings, including L’Embarquement pour Cythère3 and Plaisirs d’amour.4

1. Rosenberg and Prat, op. cit., pp. 752-3, no. 454, reproduced
2. K.T. Parker and J. Mathey, Antoine Watteau, catalogue complet de son oeuvre dessiné, 2 vols, Paris 1957, II, no. 744, reproduced
3. see G. Macchia, L'opera completa di Watteau, Milan 1968, pp. 117-118, cat. no. 185, reproduced 
4. Dresden, Gemäldegalerie, inv. no. 782

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