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The Perfect Accord

The original version of this composition, now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, was painted by Antoine Watteau for his friend and patron, the Royal Councillor Nicolas Henin (1691-1724). As perfect harmony is achieved by a group of musicians, a young couple find reciprocal love. The artistic quality of this panel suggests that it is a copy, but X-ray evidence shows the painter used the same methods as Watteau.

The 18th-century image is painted over the upper half of an earlier 17th century panel. X-rays show the upper half of a Flemish still life painting of flowers set in an arched niche. Watteau often re-used old panels, indicating that the artist of this painting used similar working ...

c 1719
Oil on panel
374.0 x 291.0mm
Images and text © Waddesdon Manor, 2017

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