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Four Ladies

Jean-Antoine Watteau, (French, 1684-1721)


Eugène Rodrigues [1853-1928], Paris. {1} Possibly (Ivan Podgoursky [1901-1962], New York); {2} G.H. A. [George Henry Alexander] Clowes [1877-1958], Indianapolis, before 1963; {3} Clowes Fund Collection, Indianapolis, until 2010 and on long-term loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1971 (C10083); given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2010.

{1}At lower right the drawing bears the collector's mark of Eugène Rodrigues, a Parisian lawyer and art collector (see Lugt 897).
{2} Count Ivan Podgoursky, at times affiliated with Demotte Gallery, New York, sold many works of art to G.H.A. Clowes in the 1940s and 1950s, including another chalk drawing attributed at the time to Watteau. For information on Podgoursky, see his obituary in the New York Times, 23 April 1962.
{3}This drawing is included in Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, Antoine Watteau 1684-1721 Catalogue raisonné des dessins, vol 1, Milan 1996, no. 68. Here it states that it entered the Clowes Collection by 1955 with reference to a letter from Walter Friedlaender to Dr Clowes of that date. There is no such letter, only an attestation dated 1955 by Friedlaender on the back of a photograph (which was likely given to Dr. Clowes by the dealer at the time of purchase). The first exhibition to include this drawing was Northern European Painting - The Clowes Fund Collection, Indiana University Museum of Art, Bloomington, Indiana, 1963, cat. no. 12.

Object Information

Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 1684-1721)
creation date
about 1710
materials
red chalk (sanguine) on paper
dimensions
5 11/16 x 8 1/16 in. (image)
accession number
2010.43
credit line
The Clowes Collection
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors