The little boy and Watteau


little boy

Since I’ve started with drawings and sketchings and cartoons I’ll give you one more: little boy I’ve sketched during the Bromont Art Symposium… Was it 2002? 2003? I don’t remember any more. But I know I did a lot of skethcing then, waiting for a collector to come and buy everything… Usually, they didn’t bother but I still covered my expenses and leave there with a little profit… Danu, the capitalist… Anyway, recently I’ve seen some sketches by Watteau, this “artiste maudit” avant la lettre, dead at 37, like Modigliani, Van Gogh and others who “kicked the bucket” at this fatidic age… I was impressed by the spontaneity, the vigour and, at the same time, the exquisite delicacy of his drawings. I could only imagine him, drawing. All the pleasure that sketching would have brought in his poor life, all the joy. Painter of the so called “fêtes galantes of the end of the 17th and beginning of the 17th century in France, associated with “joie de vivre” and eroticism, he was quite and auster artist. Delicat, discretely erotic but not at all as Fragonnard or Boucher. I would say I will appreciate him even more for that… and he was a great draftsman, just as good as Bruegel and Rembrandt an Rubens. It is not rare to be able to tell more about an artist looking at his/her drawins. No “comission” for that… Just the artist, unadulterated, “pure”…

Parce que j’ai commencé avec des caricatures, dessins et croquis, voila un autre: un garconet que j,ai dessiné au Symposium de peinture de Bromont, en 2002 ou 2003… Je ne me souvins plus la date exacte mais je me souvins que j’en ai faite beaucoups de croquis comme celui-ci, en attendant le collectioneur qui aurait rafler toutes mes peintures… Comme d’habitude il n,est pas venu mais j’ai, tout de même, parti de là avec un petit profit…Danu, le grand capitaliste… Enfin, ce que je veux vous en parler c’est en connexion avec Watteau, artiste maudit avant la lettre, lui aussi, tout comme Modigliani ou Van Gogh, décedé quand il avait 37 ans, cette age fatidique… J’ai vu récemment quelque-unes des ses dessins, impressionantes par la qualité, par la spontaneité, la vigueur et, en même temps, par une exquise délicatesse… Je n’ai pu que m’imaginer le plaisir qu’il prennait à faire ces dessins, la joie que dessiner apportait dans sa vie austère. Car, s’il a été le premier peintre des ‘Fêtes galantes’ (à la fin du 17 ème et au début du 18 ème siècle), associés avec la joie de vivre et l’érotisme, Watteau, lui, était pas mal austère. Délicat, discretemment érotique mais pas du tout comme Fragonnard ou Boucher… Et je dirais que Watteau a été un dessinateur aussi bon que Bruegel et Rembrandt et Rubens… Souvent, c’est beaucoup plus facile de voire ce qui est vrai et autenthique dans un artiste en regardant plutôt ces tableaux que ces tableaux. Il y a pas de commanditaire, pas de imposition pour les dessins… Il n’y a que l’artiste pure, inaltéré…

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Fiindca am inceput cu desene si caricature, iata inca unul: un baietzas pe care l-am desenat la Simpozionul de pictura de la Bromont, prin 2002 sau 2003… Nu mai stiu exact…Ce stiu este ca am facut multe crochiuri dintr-astea, asteptand sa apara Colectzionarul care sa-mi cumpere toate tablourile. Sigur, ca de obiecei, n-a aparut dar am plecat de acolo cu un pic de profit… danu, capitalistul…

Ce vroiam sa va povestesc se refera insa la Watteau, acest artist blestemat avant la lettre, mort la 37 de ani, aceasta varsta fatidica, precum Modigliani si Van Gogh…Am vazut recent cateva dintre desenele lui, minunate prin spontaneitatea, vigoarea si delicatetzea deosebita cu care Watteau le-a desenat, prin placerea, prin bucuria pe care actul de a desena pare sa-l fi adus in viatza lui austera. Da, austera. Desi e socotit ca primul dintre pictorii Serbarilor galante (sfasitul sec. 17 si inceputul sec 18), asociate cu bucuria de a trai si erotismul sec 18, Watteau era de un erotism cu totul discret, mult mai discret decat Fragonnard si Boucher. Oricum, a fost – este – un desinator foarte bun, la fel de bun ca Bruegel, Rembrandt si Rubens… Deseori, pentru a descoperi artistul adevarat, autentic, o potzi face mai usor privindu-i desenele decat picturile. Pentru desene nu exista comenzi sau conditzii de respectat iar artistul se prezinta asa cum e cu adevarat…

10 responses to “The little boy and Watteau

  1. Every time I can, I will translate my post in French and Romanian also. But the tittle…

  2. Every time I can, I will translate my post in French and Romanian also. But the tittle…

  3. Yes, moonbeam, he was sweet… there is a magic age , somewhere between 3 and 5-6, when they really are in their prime… it goes downward, I’m afraid, from that on…

  4. Wonderful sketch! Full of little boy-ness.

  5. I kind of like it too…

  6. I like it a lot. This is what the term sketch is all about.

  7. Thanks, Bill. I have to confess that appreciations coming from such accomplished artists like yourself and Susan make me proud and make blogging worth its while… I have to confess here too that sketching, drawing d’après nature, gave me more pleasure than painting…

  8. 1trevorwood

    I am glad that I am not the only artit today who appreciates Watteau and Fragonard, however the painter of that time that really excites me is Boucher. I love the way he painted flesh….it just glows in the light. He was a great technician

  9. They were all thre great technicians (and more) but Watteau was the most subtle, the most delicate of the three…

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