Friday, November 27, 2009

Jill Krementz Photo Journal - Watteau at the Met

The Surprise (La Surprise). This painting was presumed lost until it was found last year in a British country house. It is the first time that this painting has appeared in a Watteau exhibition.

The guitarist wears a rose-colored coat and knee britches slashed with yellow. On his shoes are blue rosettes. The man nearby wears a silver costume slashed with white and shoes tied with red ribbons. The blond and rather buxom woman is wearing a bodice and blouse which would have been understood as a peasant costume. She is not returning the kiss of her suitor.

In the lower right hand corner of the painting--a small black and white dog with bells and studs on its collar.
Watteau, Music and Theater
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Closes On Sunday, November 29th, 2009

If you are in New York City I would urge you to rush up to The Met to see this beautiful exhibition before it closes on Sunday.

Jean-Antoine Watteau died at the age of 36. His work reflects his passion for the performing arts. Exquisitely curated by the Met's Katharine Baetjer, the show contains paintings, drawings, musical instruments and a display of Meissen porcelain figures.

For those of you who can't tell a Harliquin from a Pierrot, (that would be me), buy the catalogue and read the essay by Georgia J. Cowart.
Italian Comedians, ca. 1719-20.
Italian Recreation, ca. 1720-21.
Detail from Italian Recreation.
Love in the Italian Theater.
Detail from Love in the Italian Theater.
The Perspective.
Detail from The Perspective.
Mezzetin (Mezetin). Catalogue for Exhibition.
Italian Comedians, ca. 1719.
A Man Playing the Guitar, ca. 1717-18.
Studies of a Flutist and Two Women, ca. 1717 Head of a Man, ca. 1718-20.
Three Studies of Seated Woman, ca. 1717.
Guitar and Oboe. Musette de cour, France, ca. 1700. Leather, ivory, silk, wood, silver, iron.
The popularity of porcelain figures depicting singers reflects the high status of opera at the Dresden court.

An evening of Watteau music and dance honoring Philippe de Montebello ...
Press Officer Mary Flanagan. Georgia J.Cowart, a museum fellow and music professor at Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Cowart helped organize the exhibition and contributed an essay to the catalogue.
Philippe de Montebello, the Met's director emeritus, with Thomas Campbell, who is now the director. The Watteau show is the last in a series of salutes to Mr. de Montebello. At the reception, Mr. Campbell presented his predecessor with a book chronicling de Montebello's tenure (1977-2008) at the museum with essays by heads of curatorial departments, and a few other authors, each writing something about the museum during the PdM years. It's an uncharacteristic Met publication and is available for purchase in the gift shop.
Katharine Baetjer, a curator in the Met's department of European paintings who organized this show. Virginia Coleman and Peter Duchin.
Morrison Heckscher, Chairman of The American Wing and Carrie Barratt, Associate Director of Collections and Administration. Will Harding, who has worked as a guard at the Met for 27 years. "My degree is in art history from the University of Toronto."
Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved.