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Le Concert (copy 1)
Entered January 2019

Coquette qui pour voir copy 1

 

Whereabouts unknown

Oil on canvas

77 x 94 cm

 

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Prélude au concert

 

PROVENANCE

Berlin, private collection.

Cologne, sale, Lempertz, November 16, 2002, lot 1131: “WATTEAU, ANTOINE . . . Le Prélude au Concert. Öl auf Leinwand (doubliert) H 77; B 94 cm. Provenienz: Privatsammlung, Berlin. Nach dem um 1714/17 enstandenen Gemälde aus der Sammlung König Friederichs II. von Preussen, heute in Schloss Charlottenburg (vgl. Kat ,,Antoine Watteau”, Berlin 1985, S. 358-62, Nr. 481). Vgl. auch das Gemälde ,,Die Freuden des Lebens” in der Wallace Collection, London. FARBTAFEL 77   17 000-“ The painting bought in.

 

REMARKS

This is a fairly exact copy of the painting in Potsdam, save that it is slightly larger. Also, judging from a photograph, it is clearer and brighter in color than the original and thus, perhaps, more satisfying.

 

 

 

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Le Concert (copy 2)
Entered January 2019


Coquettes qui pour voir copy 2

 

Poland, private collection

Oil on canvas

66 x 61 cm

 

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Amusements In the Park

Fête Champêtre

Le Concert

 

PROVENANCE

Richmond, Doughty House, collection of Sir Francis Cook, 1st Bt (1817-1901). The painting would have been bought after 1868, the year in which Francis Cook began collecting pictures; see Elon Danziger, “The Cook Collection, its Founder and its Inheritors,” Burlington Magazine, 146 (July 2004), p. 445 note 10.

Richmond, Doughty House, collection of Sir Frederick Lucas Cook, 2nd Bt (1844-1920).

Richmond, Doughty House, collection of Sir Herbert Frederick Cook, 3rd Bt (1868-1939).

London, Leonard Koetser Gallery, c. 1958. A black painted inscription on the central transverse cross member reads: “Galerie David Koetzer A. Watteau,”


EXHIBITIONS

London, Koetser Gallery,  Old Master Paintings (1958), cat. 11 (School of Jean Antoine Watteau, Fête Champêtre).

 

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

Brockwell, Paintings at Doughty House (1915), 3:  57.

Cook, Pictures at Doughty House (1932), 92.

Ferré, Watteau (1972), cat. P. 28.

 

REMARKS

This is a copy of the left hand side of Watteau’s composition, except that it omits the leftmost figure. In the 1915 catalogue of Doughty House, the painting was described as “a pastiche founded upon motives derived from Watteau.” But, in fact, it is much more a direct copy than a pastiche. Although Sir Francis Cook may have bought this painting thinking it was a genuine work by Watteau, such optimism had waned by 1915 when it was classified as “Manner of Watteau.” In 1959 it was attributed to the school of Watteau. Ferré classified it as “genre de Watteau.” The present owner, unaware of the painting’s earlier history, attributes it to Watteau.

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Anonymous artist after Watteau, Le Concert (detail).

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Anonymous artist after Watteau, Le Concert (detail).

Any attribution of this painting to Watteau himself cannot be defended. The overall poor quality of execution prohibits this. The flat slashes of color instead of folds of drapery are far from Watteau. The meaningless shape of the violinist’s oversized red beret and the disproportion of his head to his body are further evidence of the painter’s lack of skill.

 

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Le Concert (copy 3)
Entered January 2019


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Whereabouts unknown

Oil on canvas

32 x 22 cm

 

PROVENANCE

Paris, private collection, c. 1959

 

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

Mathey, Watteau, peintures réapparues (1950), 50, cat. 131

 

REMARKS

This small picture copies the landscape and figures from the righthand side of Le Concert. Only Jacques Mathey assigns this painting to Watteau and explains its sketchy, freely painted technique as indicating that it was a preliminary study for the final painting. However, there are no known Watteau oil studies for his paintings. Those works, like this one, are too rapidly drawn and inevitably not by Watteau.

 

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Le Concert (copy 4)
Entered January 2019


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Whereabouts unknown

Oil on canvas

Dimensions unknown

 

PROVENANCE

Berlin, collection of Dr. Martin Schubart

 

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

Adhémar, Watteau réapparu (1950), under cat. 191.

Macchia and Montagni, L’opera completa di Watteau (1968), under cat. 179.


 

REMARKS

Adhémar, repeated by Macchia and Montagni, wrote of a poor quality copy of Le Concert in the Schubart collection.  However, it has not been possible to locate the painting.

 

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