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Work The Delicate Musician
Department of Paintings: French painting
© 1999 RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi
This young woman playing a theorbo is an allegory of music, just as the companion piece The Indifferent Man is an allegory of dance. Music and dance are key elements of Watteau's artistic vision.
A fantasy figure
This painting is a fine example of Watteau's graceful approach to subjects that lend themselves to refined effects of technique and texture. Here, the young woman is painted as an impersonal, fantasy figure. She may be intended as an allegory of music.
Jean-Antoine WATTEAU (Valenciennes, 1684 - Nogent-sur-Marne, 1721)
H. 0.25 m; W. 0.19 m
Bequest of Dr. Louis La Caze, 1869
La Caze Collection
Display case 10
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