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Fête galante by a Fountain
  • Jean-Baptiste Pater (1695 - 1736)
  • Fête galante by a Fountain
  • France
  • c. 1722/1724
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 65 x 81.4 cm
  • P406
  • Small Drawing Room
Further Reading
  • The work is a typical Fête galante in the immediate tradition of Watteau. The composition follows works by Watteau from the late 1710s such as the "Rendez-vous de chasse" (P416) at the Wallace Collection, a painting that inspired a work by Pater in the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The figures on the fountain that seem strangely alive directly follow Watteau.The figures and their groupings are typical for the Fête galante as established by Watteau but they show Pater's own very personal style. The dark landscape, strong local colours, the reddish tone and the slender, instable figures indicate a date before Pater's reception piece of 1728, probably around 1725.