1738 · Paris
Large engraving on laid paper, with eight lines of poetry in French, publisher's logo at bottom (19 3/4 x 15 1/2"). Large margins. Slightly soiled, two minor marginal tears, minor tape remains verso. Very good copy.
La Danse is created in the lyrically charming and graceful Rococo style, perhaps based on Watteau. The scene pictures eight figures in a clearing with a cupid upper right (seemingly not a statue) looking down on the scene. At left a boy plays a pipe while a couple center left dances. She holds his hand while he extends his left arm holding a castanet. To the right, one couple embraces while one couple reclines watching the dancers. A lone woman, perhaps a sympathetic chaperon, stands above the two couple with shawl extended.
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