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X. Garden Scene

Entered September 2021Accord Parfait

Worcester, Massachusetts, Art Museum, inv. 1907.87

oil on canvas

33.3 x 42.5 cm

 

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

            Le Jeu de cache-cache-mitoulas

 

PROVENANCE

Worcester, Massachusetts, collection of Stephen Salisbury III (1835-1905; businessman). Bequeathed to the museum

 

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

Wildenstein, Lancret (1924), cat. 220.

           

REMARKS

drawing

Nicolas de Larmessin after Nicolas Lancret, Le Jeu de cache-cache-mitoulas, engraving.

detail girl

Anonymous artist after Nicolas Lancret, Le Jeu de cache-cache-mitoulas, oil on canvas. Whereabouts unknown.

Although classified today as “after Watteau,” and probably attributed to Watteau himself in the nineteenth century, this picture has nothing to do with Watteau. Rather it is a poorly executed copy after a Lancret composition, Le Jeu de cache-cache-mitoulas. Interestingly, it was not derived from the Larmessin print after Lancret’s painting but, as its direction indicates, it must have been copied from a painted copy, of which there are several examples. While the museum considers their painting to be from the first half of the nineteenth century, it could as well be from the second half of that century.