Camp Volant [Soldiers in Camp], after Jean-Antoine Watteau
32.6 cm x 44.2 cm (12 13/16 in. x 17 3/8 in.)
Charles-Nicolas Cochin, the elder
(Paris, 1688 - 1754, Paris)
Medium and Support:
Etching and engraving
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Around 1709 Watteau returned briefly to his native Valenciennes. Painting soldiers and military subjects in that garrison town, he had his first financial success and began to establish his reputation. Representing vagabonds or perhaps refugees from combat, Camp volant (today in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow), is the best known of these subjects.