Louis-Joseph Watteau, called Watteau De Lille (Valenciennes 1731 – 1798 Lille) : A Dog Seated
154 x 120 mm
The attribution of the present drawing to Louis Watteau is made by comparing our study with the image of the dog in the artist's painting Le Marchand d'oublies today in the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Lille. While symmetrically reversed, the two dogs hold the same posture, seated on the rear paws, their eyes turned toward the viewer. Louis Watteau must have been fond of this animal because it appears in a number of the artist's paintings or drawings. The drawing is equally characteristic of the graphic technique of the artist in its use of touches of black chalk resembling marks left in wood by the blade of a saw.
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