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.
- Jean Antoine Watteau
- The Dreamer (La Rêveuse)
- France (Artist's nationality:)
- Oil on panel
- 23.2 × 17 cm (9 1/8 × 6 11/16 in.)
- Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection