L. E. Holden Fund 1974.94
Catalogue raisonné: Bocher 42 / Fonds Français 18th siecle IV.640.259
Specially trained printmakers like Cochin reproduced and popularized other artists’ works in printed form. His free and spontaneous style of etching translates Lancret’s original painting with a lighthearted quality appropriate to this bucolic setting and fête champêtre, a festive outdoor party enjoyed especially by members of the French aristocracy. The fashionable garden’s rococo balustrade, with its cascading arrangement of nude statues, is reminiscent of Boucher’s fountain designs on view nearby.
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