Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Antoine & The Coloured Chalk


I had stumbled upon a book on Antoine Watteau - Watteau” by Iris Lauterbach at the S. Walter Stewart library over the weekend.

Things that can be gleaned from the book:

1.    Antoine drew mostly with chalks of three colours – red, black and white.
2.    Antoine drew dessus de porte (door panels) and wall panels – some of which are in Valenciennes, his native city.
3.    Several of his paintings depict the character Mezzetin/Mezzetino – from Commedia dell’Arte.

Leafing through the book, I began to see his paintings through new lenses: the obsessively perfect and nerve-wrecking Dutch school minutia of leaves and trees with wisps of clouds in the background. The passion for rich burgundy hues in “The Party of Four.
Clothing cut in Flemish style.
 

The moon-lit and sfumato scenes of fêtes galantes appeared to be still there, though. Everyone was still leaving for Cythera, the Greek island considered to belong to Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

As walked out of the door this morning and in the rain, the sidewalk was glistening, covered with pools of  rain water and traces of red, black and white chalk.


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