barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Jean Moyreau (1690-1762)

La collation

Paris, 1720s

Engraving

457 x 334 mm

 

This print reproduces a painting by Watteau, one of the most successful painters in Paris during the early 18th century. Watteau pioneered a new category of painting known as ‘fêtes galantes’ that depicted the idle pursuits of the aristocracy. Such scenes were produced in large numbers as prints and they were also popular with middle-class collectors. This print shows two elegantly dressed couples reclining in an idealised woodland setting, drinking wine. The small dog symbolises loyalty and love, and refers to the couples’ joyful relationships.

Purchased 1939 (No.39.8)

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