Philips Wouwerman (1619–1668)
The Cavalry Camp, 1638–68
Oil on oak panel
16 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (42.5 x 52.7 cm)
The Frick Collection; Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Paintings by the seventeenth-century Dutch artist Philips Wouwerman, a specialist in military camp scenes, were much sought after in early eighteenth-century Paris, and Watteau’s military works owe a clear debt to them. Like most of Wouwerman’s camp scenes, this painting offers a placid, picturesque image of war in which compositional unity reinforces a vision of social harmony.