L’Heureuse Rencontre


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.

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L’Heureuse Rencontre, The meeting or The Encounter, la Promenade
about 1725
Philippe Mercier
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