About This Artwork

Jean Antoine Watteau
French, 1684-1721

Allegory of Spring, or the Young Gardeners, n.d.

Red chalk on buff laid paper, laid down on white laid paper
157 x 216 mm

Gift of Margaret Day Blake, 1955.1004

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

New York, Wildenstein and Company, "Master Drawings from The Art Institute of Chicago," October 17-November 30, 1963, n.p., cat. 41, as "Spring."

The Art Institute of Chicago, "A Quarter Century of Collecting: Drawings Given to The Art Institute of Chicago 1944-1970 by Margaret Day Blake," April 28-June 7, 1970, n.p., cat. 15 (ill.), as "Allegory of Gardening."

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Selected Works of 18th Century French Art in the Collections of The Art Institute of Chicago," January 24-March 28, 1976, pp. 40-41, cat. 27 (ill.).

Frankfurt-am-Main, Stadtische Galerie, "Antoine Watteau," 1982, p. 40, cat. Cb2.

Washington, D.C., The National Gallery of Art, "Watteau," June-September 1984, cat. 13 (ill.); traveled to Paris, Galerie Nationales de Grand Palais, October 1984-January 1985; Berlin, Charlottenburg Chateau, February-May 1985.

Publication History

Edmond de Goncourt, Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre Peint, Dessiné et Gravé d'Antoine Watteau (Paris, 1875), no. 477.

Karl Theodor Parker, The Drawings of Antoine Watteau (London, 1931), pp. 12 and 25.

Karl Theodor Parker and Jacques Mathey, Antoine Watteau, Catalogue Complet de son Oeuvre Dessiné I (Paris, 1957), p. 17, no. 94, fig 94.

Jacques Mathey, "Drawings by Watteau and Gillot," The Burlington Magazine (August 1960), pp. 357-358.

Hugh Edwards, "Two Drawings by Antoine Watteau," The Art Institute Museum Studies (1966), p. 9.

Martin P. Eidelberg, "Cycle of the Four Seasons by the Young Watteau," Art Quarterly, 29 (1966), pp. 269-276, fig. 5.

Martin P. Eidelberg, Watteau's Drawings, Their Use and Significance (New York, 1977), pp. 208-210, 212, and 215, fig. 171.

Harold Joachim, French Drawings and Sketchbooks of the Eighteenth Century (Chicago, 1977), no. 2G3.

Marianne Roland-Michel, Watteau (Paris, 1984), p. 20, 125, fig. 5.

Margaret Morgan Grasselli, The Drawings of Watteau (Cambridge, 1987), pp. 39, and 125-128, no. 45, fig. 20.

Marianne Roland-Michel, "Watteau et les Figures de Differents Caractères," Watteau: Le Peintre, son Temps et sa Légende (Paris, 1987), p. 120.

Margaret Morgan Grasselli, "Eighteen Drawings by Watteau: A Chronological Study," Master Drawings, 31 (1993), pp. 104, 106, and 126.

Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, Antoine Watteau, 1684-1721: Catalogue Raisonné des Dessins (Milan, 1996), no. 11 (ill.).

Ownership History

Sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 23, 1899, lot 93. Léon Michel-Lévy (1846-1925), Paris; sold, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, June 17-18, 1925, lot 118 to Jules Strauss (1861-1943), Paris [annotated sales catalogue]; sold, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, May 27, 1949, lot 5 (as by Claude Gillot). Sold by Otto Wertheimer (1878-1972), Paris, to the Art Institute, 1955.

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