Philippe Mercier was an early practitioner of the Rococo style in England, where he settled after training in Germany, Italy and France. He was heavily influenced by Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), whose paintings he often imitated and reproduced in prints. In this etching after one of Mercier’s own paintings, the man in seventeenth-century Spanish-style masquerade costume and the woman fashionably dressed in dark velvet turning her face towards the viewer recall the elegance of Watteau’s figures. The garden in the background, where a couple converse and a young woman sleeps under the trees, shares the delicate charm that characterises contemporary French pictures of fêtes galantes.
- Full title:
- L’Heureuse Rencontre, The meeting or The Encounter, la Promenade
- about 1725
- Philippe Mercier
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- Article by:
- Stephen Bending
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