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‘Fête galante in a Wooded Landscape’ demonstrates Watteau’s growing artistic ambition, coupled with his increasing frustration with the fête galante as a subject for monumental treatment. The painting is one of a group of five large fête galantes painted by the artist towards the end of his short life. As might be expected with transitional works, the composition evolved gradually. The painting is a larger, earlier version of ‘Les Champs Élisées’, (P389, Wallace Collection).

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

c.1719–1721

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 127.2 x W 191.7 cm

Accession number

P391

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1848; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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The Wallace Collection

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