Nicolas Lancret (1690–1743)
Military Camp, ca. 1722
Oil on panel
6 7/8 × 8 11/16 in. (17.5 x 22 cm)
Collection Dr. Mary Tavener Holmes
Along with Jean-Baptiste Joseph Pater, Lancret was Watteau’s other great follower, and his military scenes are near pastiches of his master’s. Many of the figures in this painting are copies after Watteau’s or else closely derive from them. Yet, unlike Watteau, Lancret deploys his figures to generate charming compositional arrangements rather than interpersonal encounters with social and psychological complexity.