Friday, April 10, 2020

Young Watercolorist in the Louvre

Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret, Young Watercolorist in the Louvre, 1889,
Hermitage Museum, oil on panel, 35.5x30.5 cm
Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret (1852-1929) did a couple versions of this charming idea, a young woman painting a copy in the Louvre.

Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret, Young Watercolorist in the Louvre, 1881
In this version, he shows a pan-type watercolor set on the bench next to her. He eliminates the paintings on the floor behind her. The 18th-century-style painting on the wall behind her shows putti instead of a garden party.

5 comments:

Construction Pro said...

Neat, I didn't know they had pan-type sets back then. (then again I'd assume that might have been how original watercolors were, as solid blocks).

James, on your gouache paintings do you even give it much thought whether you're using watercolor tubes or gouache tubes, or do you prefer one or the other?

Steve Gilzow said...

Did Pascal sneak a cartoonish self-portrait onto the back of the canvas in the top painting?

Stephen and Nyree said...

That cartoon sketch on the back of the one canvas is so fun! My next painting definitely needs one of those ;)

jeso said...

This is lovely stuff! Love your blog James!

Drake Gomez said...

The garden party painting in the top example is Watteau's Pilgrimage to Cythera, aka Departure from the Isle of Cythera (among other names). Not sure about the painting that replaces it in the lower example.