The Graces at the Tomb of Watteau, frontispiece to the Figures de différents caractères, II
45.2 cm x 32.1 cm (17 13/16 in. x 12 5/8 in.)
(Paris, 1703 - 1770, Paris)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1995
A year after Watteau’s death, his patron Jean de Julienne conceived a project to reproduce all of the artist’s paintings and drawings in a corpus of engravings and etchings. The young Boucher became a principal in the project, executing 119 of the 351 plates that appeared in two volumes in 1726 and 1728. A tribute to Watteau’s genius, this etching was one of the few original designs.