La Peinture (Painting)

Louis Desplaces, French, 1682 - 1739
after Jean-Antoine Watteau, French, 1684 - 1721


about 1726-1731

Etching and engraving on paper

Image: 9 1/2 × 6 7/16 in. (24.1 × 16.3 cm)

Mount: 11 13/16 × 8 9/16 in. (30 × 21.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through a gift from Jane and W. David Dance, Class of 1940


Portfolio / Series Title

Plate 170 from 'Œuvre d'Antoine Watteau, peintre du Roy (The Works of Antoine Watteau), also known as the Recueil Jullienne


Gaspard Duchange, Paris


Place Made: France, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, in plate, lower left: Watteau Pinxit.; inscribed, in plate, lower center: LA PEINTURE. / Telle doit au Pinceau ce qu'elle à de renom, / Qui fait horreur à voir sans fard, & sous le linge: / Et pour peindre à son gré mainte laide Guenon, / Il faut être adroite comme un Singe. / AParis [AP in ligature] chez Duchange Graveur du Roy rue S.t [t in superscript] Jacques.; inscribed, in plate, lower right: Desplaces Sculp. [Translated text: "It is to the Brush that she owes her renown / she who is repelling without makeup and beneath the sheets / and to paint this very ugly monkey willingly, / one must be as skilled as a monkey"]

Course History

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Spring 2014

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Spring 2014

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Winter 2015

ANTH 12.4, Your Inner Chimpanzee, Kes Schroer, Winter 2015

German 16.01, Jewish Studies 25.03, Curious George: A Secret History, Yuliya Komska, Fall 2023


Leo Steinberg, New York; sold to present collection, 2004.

Catalogue Raisonne

Goncourt (1875): 20; Dacier & Vuaflart (1921-29): 168

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