Prints & Drawings - 7 of 9
Studies of a Flutist and Two Women
Red, black, and white chalks on buff paper
26.7 x 23 cm
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1935
Watteau's trois-crayon drawings (drawings executed in red, black, and white chalks) provide an extraordinary glimpse into the working methods of one of the most esteemed painters of the early eighteenth century. The sheet of Studies of a Flutist and Two Women is somewhat unusual, as it appears to date from a single sitting but depicts two different models wearing the same costume. The attire of the flutist is a sixteenth-century type and resembles costumes worn by members of the Comédie italienne.