The National Museum of Western Art

update 24 February 2018

Currently not on display

Jean-Baptiste Pater [1695 - 1736]

Encampment (Soldiers' Halt)

Materials/Techniquesoil on panel
Size (cm)17 x 22
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Ingersoll-Smouse 456
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1969-0001
Encampment (Soldiers' Halt)

Pater was one of the few pupils of the great Rococo painter Watteau. This work exhibits the typical aesthetics and format of early Rococo painting in its poetic depiction of soldiers at leisure. Pater expressed the strengths and the sensitivities of man, taking joy in the beauty of nature and living things. While the work lacks the delicate balance of objects steeped in shuddering light found in Watteau's work, the lively and fresh brushwork makes it a particularly fine example of Pater's œvre. (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

Provenance

Andrew James, London; Willed to his daughter, Miss James, London; Auc. Christie's, London, 20. 6. 1891, lot no. 35 (attributed to A. Watteau); Wildenstein, Paris.

Exhibition History

1891
Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1891 - 1891, cat. p. 14, no. 47(attributed to A. Watteau)
1946
Woman and Her Background in XVIII Century France, Wildenstein & Co. Ltd., London, 1946 - 1946, p. 6, cat. no. 4
1967
Art and the Decorator, Wildenstein & Co., New York, 1967 - 1967, no number

Bibliography

1875
Goncourt, Edmond de. Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, dessiné et gravé d'Antoine Watteau. Paris, 1875, p. 360.
1895
Phillips, Claude. Antoine Watteau. London, 1895, p. 28.
1928
Ingersoll-Smouse, Florence. Pater: biographie et catalogue critiques, l'œuvre complète de l'artiste reproduite en deux cent treize héliogravures . Paris, 1928, p. 73, no. 456, fig. 118.
1950
Adhémar, Hélène. Watteau, sa vie, son œuvre. Paris, 1950, p. 206, cited under no. 38.
1971
Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 4 (1969), 1971, Yamada, Chisaburoh F. [On the New Acquisitions]. pp. 5-6. Catalogue of the New Acquisitions. pp. 8-9. no. P-374. repr.
1971
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1971 (Japanese), no. 60, repr.
1975
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 18, repr.
1978
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1978 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 23, repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 208, repr.

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