X. Gallant Scene
Entered April 2022
Oil on canvas
57 x 43 cm
Barcelona, sale, Sedart Auction House, April 22, 2022, lot 37: “Rococo school of the mid-18th century. Following models by JEAN-ANTOINE WATTEAU . . . “Gallant Scene.” Oil on canvas. With its original canvas. Frame late 19th century. With restorations. Est. €2.000 - €2.000”
Although promoted as being after a model by Watteau, in truth, this painting is after a composition by Nicolas Lancret, most notably Dans cette aimable solitude, his painting in Oxford. A comparison between the two reveals the great superiority of the Lancret in terms of the modeling of the figures and the skillful rendering of the stuffs. Also, the overall lightness of color sets the Lancret in Watteau’s era, whereas the darkness and gloom of the copy suggests a substantially later date, probably not in the eighteenth century.