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The Dreamer (La Rêveuse)

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

About this artwork

The traditional title of this small painting, The Dreamer, derives from an engraving made after it, which was intended for sale to a wider audience. The work is one of a number of small figure paintings by Jean-Antoine Watteau in which the subject’s clothing was inspired by contemporary theater. Here, the woman wears a pseudo-Turkish costume, which reflects the Western European vogue for Turkish culture (“turquerie”) at that time. Watteau’s uniquely delicate, sensitive, and intimate style influenced a number of other painters throughout the 18th century.


On View, Gallery 216


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Jean Antoine Watteau


The Dreamer (La Rêveuse)


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


23.2 × 17 cm (9 1/8 × 6 11/16 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection

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