A Man Leaning Against a Pillar, from the Figures de modes
22.5 cm x 14.5 cm (8 7/8 in. x 5 11/16 in.)
(Valenciennes, 1684 - 1721, Paris)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
The Figures de modes render costumes in fashion during the last years of Louis XIV’s reign. This kind of print had been popular in seventeenth-century France. The series, originally composed of seven plates, was etched by Watteau himself in a very free hand, then developed with burin by Thomassin. First issued before 1710 in very small number, the series would appear in four more editions, including Julienne’s collection.