• Old Woman with a Spindle

    Artist:
    Watteau, Antoine. 1684-1721
    Technique:
    black and red chalk on brownish paper
    Dimensions:
    28,5x19,3 cm

Watteau, Antoine. 1684-1721

Old Woman with a Spindle

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 Philippe Caylus in a collection of engravings Figures de différent caractères, published by Jean de Jullienne in 1726-28. Watteau showed the aged woman seated 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.

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Old Woman with a Spindle

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black and red chalk on brownish paper

Dimensions:

28,5x19,3 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1768; acquired from the K. Cobenzl collection in Brussels

Inventory Number:

ОР-6298

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