Studies of a Standing Man and of a Head

Studies of a Standing Man and of a Head

Studies of a Standing Man and of a Head
Antoine Watteau (1684-1721)
France
1720
Red chalk on laid paper
Width 18 cm x height 31.9 cm
Museum no. CAI 258

By the 17th century sketches were popular because of the extent to which they provide insight into the artist’s thought processes. As result many artists made sketches specifically for sale. The sketches on this sheet do not relate to any of Watteau’s more finished compositions. It is likely they were drawn specifically to cater for the trade in sketches.