Antoine Watteau

Old Woman with a Spindle

Old Woman with a Spindle
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Author: Antoine Watteau
Genre Painting, Drawings, Black and red chalk on brownish paper, 28.5x19.3 cm
Origin: France, 1710s

Six drawings by Watteau are now in the Hermitage collection. This sheet shows a study for a figure of an old woman for a now lost painting, "Occupations According to Age". The drawing was engraved by Anne-Claude Philippe Caylus in a collection of engravings published by Jean de Jullienne in 1726-1728. Watteau showed the aged woman seated on a stool with her spindle. Her tired face with its sharp features, her humped back and thin, veined hands, are evidence that she is well used to hard physical labour. In his depictions of ordinary working people Watteau revived a tradition begun by the Le Nain brothers.

Source of entry: Collection of Count Cobenzl, Brussels, 1768

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