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Fête champêtre (Pastoral Gathering)

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.




Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 1684–1721)
with the assistance of Jean-Baptiste Pater (French, 1595-1736)

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Jean-Antoine Watteau developed the genre of painting known as fête champêtre, featuring courting figures relaxing in a landscape. The elegant figures in Pastoral Gathering are grouped to suggest the three phases of love: childhood innocence (left), romantic enchantment and courtship (center), and amorous attainment (right). The transitory nature of romance is underscored by the changing autumn leaves and waning afternoon light. This painting may have been begun by Watteau toward the end of his career and finished by Jean-Baptiste Pater, who studied under Watteau and completed some of his unfinished projects.


On View, Gallery 216


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Jean Antoine Watteau


Fête champêtre (Pastoral Gathering)


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


48.6 × 64.5 cm (19 1/16 × 25 3/8 in.)

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Max and Leola Epstein Collection

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