• Savoyard with a Marmot

    Artist:
    Watteau, Antoine. 1684-1721
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    40,5x32,5 cm

Watteau, Antoine. 1684-1721

Savoyard with a Marmot

France, 1716

Antoine Watteau is one of the most brilliant artists of the early 18th century. His work marked a new point in the development of French art. He continued painting scenes from everyday life but treated them in a completely new manner. The artist imbued his paintings with a sense of intimacy and exalted lyricism. An example of such works is The Savoyard with a Marmot, which represents his later creation. Watteau depicted a wandering musician from France’s poorest province of Savoy. We see a teenager with a tamed marmot that tells fortune by drawing “winning tickets” from a box. It is to this little vagabond that Goethe’s poem “I have come already through many a land, with the marmot”, set to music by Beethoven, was dedicated. Watteau has perfectly conveyed his character’s melancholy feeling of solitude enhanced by the desolate landscape. The town the Savoyard has already left or is about to visit seems to be an alien place for the boy. Watteau's innovative painting style is manifested here in the free flowing and light brushstrokes, opulent shades of colour and the masterly rendering of space filled with light and air.

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Savoyard with a Marmot

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oil

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40,5x32,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage before 1774; the collection of Catherine the Great

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1148

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