X. L’Indifférent

Entered December 2022



Whereabouts unknown

Material unknown

Measurements unknown



Paris, sale, Hôtel des ventes mobilières, May 8-10, 1845, lot 9: “WATTEAU. Un bon Tableau en hauteur, composition de deux Figures; gravé sous le titre: L’Indifférente [sic].”



Watteau Drawing Farm in the Porcherons

Watteau, L’Indifférent, 25.5 x 19 cm, oil on panel. Paris, Musée du Louvre.


One might have presumed that this painting was one of the many copies after L’Indifférent were it not for the explicit description that specifies there were two figures in the picture. What could the other figure have been? Perhaps the woman from the pendant, La Finette, or perhaps it was a straggler from another Watteau composition. In any event, it was a pastiche and not a straightforward copy. It does not correspond to any of the many other copies after L’Indifférent. Also, it should be noted that despite the additional figure, the 1845 picture was still vertical in format.