Study of a Standing Dancer with an Outstretched Arm

Jean-Antoine Watteaucirca 1710

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The popularity of the 'Fête Galante' genre, with its elegant parties of courting couples, is mainly due to Watteau's influence. Upon his admission to the Académie Royale de Peinture he was conferred the official title of 'Peintre des Fête Galantes' in recognition of his influence. The dancer is standing in the fourth position, appropriate for the start of a minuet, a French Baroque dance.


  • Title: Study of a Standing Dancer with an Outstretched Arm
  • Creator Lifespan: 1684 - 1721
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Nogent-sur-Marne, France
  • Creator Birth Place: Valenciennes, France
  • Date Created: circa 1710
  • Theme: Portrait
  • Physical Dimensions: w189 x h272 mm
  • Original Title: L'indifferent
  • Draughtsman: Jean Antoine Watteau
  • Artist Information: Jean-Antoine Watteau was a French rococo painter. He received lessons from Gillot - between 1704 and 1705 - and from Claude Audran, between 1707 and 1708. Audran was curator of the art collection in the Palace of Luxembourg. A series of paintings by Rubens showing events from the life of Maria de Medici had a great influence on the work of Watteau. He made use of the drawings he made of this series many times. Watteau was the first painter who produced the so-called Fêtes Galantes. The works show idyllic scenes of groups of gentry. Often his works are based on scenes from theatrical pieces of the French and Italian Commedia dell'Arte.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Lent by Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 (Koenigs Collection)
  • External Link: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Medium: Black, red, and white chalk

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