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Work The Delicate Musician

Department of Paintings: French painting

Young Woman Playing the Theorbo, known as 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)

    Young Woman Playing the Theorbo, known as La Finette

    about 1717

  • H. 0.25 m; W. 0.19 m

  • Bequest of Dr. Louis La Caze, 1869 , 1869

    Pendant to L’Indifférent

    M.I. 1123

  • Paintings

    Sully wing
    2nd floor
    La Caze Collection
    Room 918
    Display case 10

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