Etching, platemark 190 x 240mm (7½ x 9½"). Large margins.
Fascinating and rare pastoral scene showing a dozen figures (and a dog) playing on swings, singing, and taking part in other activities. The scene echoes the landscapes of Gaspar Poussin and the fêtes champêtres painted by Watteau and his contemporaries. The classical vase on a plinth on the right, for instance, is an explicit act of homage to painters of Italian landscape. The bizarre mask in the lower right corner, however, suggests something more than straightforward pastiche.
[Ref: 37668] £180.00