La Balançoire by Jean-Baptiste Pater

This treatment of the swing is one of the most popular subjects in French 18th century painting.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
46 x 56 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,171 ( Total: £8,685)
Acquired in:
1977
Vendor:
Count Michael de Pret Roose

Pater and Antoine Watteau were natives of Valenciennes and Pater probably followed Watteau to Paris in 1710 and became his pupil. Pater, along with Nicolas Lancret, was the most important representative of the many artists influenced by Watteau, most of whom chose individual motifs or groups from Watteau's 'fete galante' and made them independent themes. This process alone is indicative of a specific tendency in Rococo: the tendency towards small scale, intimate scenes.

Provenance

Marquise de Lavalette; Lady Emily Digby; A.E.H. Digby; Christie's, 1951; Mrs John Thursby; Christie's, 1976.

Venue details

Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street, CAMBRIDGE Cambridgeshire CB2 1RB 01223 332900 www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Entry details

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