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Studies of a Flutist and Two Women  by Jean-Antoine Watteau

Jean-Antoine Watteau
French, 1684-1721
Studies of a Flutist and Two Women
c. 1717
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.