(b. 1690, Paris, d. 1743, Paris)
Fete in a Wood1720-25
Oil on canvas, 64 x 91 cm
Wallace Collection, London
The composition reflects Lancret's dependence on Watteau, under whom he had briefly studied c. 1717. Watteau's profound poetic feeling becomes in Lancret no more than a picturesque and amiable evocation of the life of society.