A & A art and architecture spacer courtauld institute of art spacer
login
quick search advanced search browse temp folder
gallery
Satyr pouring wine
enlarge image zoom image

Satyr pouring wine

1717

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721)

Black, red and white chalk on laid paper

Height: 28.5 cm; Width: 21.1 cm;

Acquisition
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978
D.1978.PG.221

About this work
Watteau rarely made drawings as studies for specific paintings, but this vigorous study of a satyr with two wineskins is an exception. It relates directly to a series of paintings of the Four Seasons, now lost but recorded in prints, commissioned for the dining room of his patron Pierre Crozat. The paintings were intended to be viewed from below, which dictated the curve of the satyr’s body and his intense downward gaze. The drawing is executed in Watteau’s signature trois crayons technique. This combination of red, black and white chalks relates closely to works by Rubens. (Permanent collection label)



This work is not on display
While we make every effort to ensure this information is correct, displays are subject to last-minute changes.



Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

spacer
spacer spacer spacer spacer