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Work The Delicate Musician

Department of Paintings: French painting

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La Finette

© 1999 RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

Paintings
French painting

Author(s):
Pomarède Vincent

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.

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Technical description

  • Jean-Antoine WATTEAU (Valenciennes, 1684 - Nogent-sur-Marne, 1721)

    La Finette

    c. 1717

  • H. 0.25 m; W. 0.19 m

  • Bequest of Dr. Louis La Caze, 1869

    M.I. 1123

  • Paintings

    Sully wing
    2nd floor
    La Caze Collection
    Room 37
    Display case 10

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