WATTEAU, Jean-Antoine
(b. 1684, Valenciennes, d. 1721, Nogent-sur-Marne)

The Country Dance

Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm
Museum of Art, Indianapolis

This is Watteau's earliest known painting the subject of which recalls the peasant weddings, country dances, and fairs depicted by Flemish painters like Bruegel and Rubens. However, Watteau treated this northern European subject in a Venetian style.