Four Studies of Women, Alternately Standing and Seated

four sketches of women, alternately standing and seated

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721)
Four Studies of Women, Alternately Standing and Seated, ca. 1710
Red chalk
5 1/4 x 8 in. (13.4 x 20.3)
Indianapolis Museum of Art; The Clowes Collection

Whether wives, mistresses, or prostitutes, women were not an uncommon sight in early modern military camps. Watteau used the seated woman with a veil, whose elegant demeanor would seem more suitable for a fête galante, in The Halt.

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