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X. L’Amant repoussé (copy 1)

Entered February 2020; revised April 2020

Accord parfait copy 1

 

Whereabouts unknown

Oil on canvas

63 x 76 cm

 

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Der abgewiesene Liebhaber

Fête champêtre

 

PROVENANCE

Edinburgh, Lyon & Turnbull, November 27, 2014, lot 47; manner of Jean Antoine Watteau, sold for £2,250.

Rhineland, private collection.

Dusseldorf, sale, Hargesheimer, March 14, 2020, lot 1668: “ANTOINE WATTEAU (ATTR.) . . . / LE AMAND REPUSSE [sic] (DER ABGEWIESENE LIEBHABER) /  Öl auf Leinwand (doubl.) 64 cm x 77 cm (R 77 cm x 93 cm). Part. leicht altrest. Rahmen, Das Gemälde galt lange Zeit als verschollen. Wie Sunderland in seinem 1968 erschienen Werkverzeihnis, The complete paintings of Watteau erwähnt, scheint das Gemälde 1945 auf den Pariser Kunstmarkt gekommen zu sein. Laut Mariette erschien die ,Gravur’ zu dem Werk bereits 1724 und wurde von Mercier gestochen (Vatteau Pinxit), jedoch nicht für das Oeuvre gravé. Es gibt insgesamt drei bekannte Vorstudien Watteaus zu dem Gemälde: eine Studie zu dem stehenden Mann rechts, weiterhin zu der sitzenden Dame im Bildzentrum sowie eine Studie zu dem Musiker. Literatur: Goncourt 1875 (Nr. 101). Dacier 1923 (Nr. 308). L. Reau 1925 (Nr. 134). John Sunderland 1986 (Nr. 111). Provenienz. Rheinische Privatsammlung.” Sold for €12,000.

 

REMARKS

The painting is in the same direction as Mercier’s print, and may be the nicest of the several copies after it. But it does not show any of the characteristics of Mercier’s painting style.


 

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X. L’Amant repoussé (copy 2)

Entered February 2020

Accord parfait copy 2

 

Whereabouts unknown

Oil on canvas

35.6 x 45.1 cm 

 

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Fête champêtre

 

PROVENANCE

England, collection of D. P. Clifford

 

REMARKS

This painting is known through a photograph in the Witt Library, where it is classified under Lancret’s name and labeled “School of Lancret.” However, it is unrelated to the work of that Watteau satellite.

 

 

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X. L’Amant repoussé (copy 3)

Entered February 2020

Accord parfait copy 3


Whereabouts unknown

Oil on panel

33 x 41.9 cm

 

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Figures in a wooded landscape

 

PROVENANCE

Collection of Derek Clark. His and others’ sale, Dublin, Town & Country Estates, September 19, 1956, lot 215: “PATER, JEAN BAPTISTE . . . Figures in a wooded landscape, on panel.  13” x 16½“.”

 

REMARKS

This copy after Mercier’s composition is unrelated to the work of Pater or any other Watteau follower. Presumably Mercier’s etching was in the opposite sense of his original painting, and thus this picture would be in the same sense as Mercier’s painting. However, nothing of Mercier’s hand is visible in this work.

 

 

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X. L’Amant repoussé (copy 4)

Entered February 2020

Accord parfait copy 4

 

Whereabouts unknown

Medium unknown

Measurements unknown

 

PROVENANCE

Paris, art market

 

SELECT BIBLIOGRAHY

Adhémar, Watteau (1950), under cat. 219.

Macchia and Montagni, L’opera completa di Watteau, under cat. 111.


 

REMARKS

A copy after L’Amant repoussé was said to have been on the Paris art market c. 1945-50 but it has not been possible to find a photo or detailed description of the work. It may be that this copy is one of those presented here.

 

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