Watteau: The Drawings
Lecture | Millais House
Wednesday 6 April 2011 - 10:30 until 12:00
Exhibition co-curator Katia Pisvin gives an introductory talk to the Royal Academyâ€™s exhibition of drawings by Watteau, best known for his invention of fÃªtes galantes â€“ small pictures of social gatherings of elegant people in parkland settings. He was also an exceptional draughtsman, and his drawings were praised for their subtlety, freedom of execution and lightness of touch. There are over 80
drawings in the exhibition, demonstrating the range of Watteauâ€™s subject matter, from theatre pieces, portraits and shop interiors
to fÃªtes galantes.