Study of a Seated Woman

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Study of a Seated Woman


Jean-Baptiste Pater (French, 1695 - 1736)






Red chalk on tan paper


15.2 × 16.7 cm (6 × 6 9/16 in.)

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Jean-Baptiste Pater modeled this figure and her voluminous dress with short, hatched lines. The down-to-earth woman reflects his strong interest in Flemish painting and the Flemish enthusiasm for depictions of the everyday life of common people. Like his mentor Jean-Antoine Watteau, Pater filled notebooks with studies of figures in varied poses and costumes for later use in his paintings. Pater made this characteristic red chalk drawing as a study for a mother and child in a now-lost painting showing troops resting in the countryside.


Private Collection, Paris


Art Market, Paris

18th and 19th Century Drawings (March 15 to May 29, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 15 to May 29, 1994
French Drawings from the Age of Greuze (September 10 to December 1, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 10 to December 1, 2002
Hatched! Creating Form with Line (March 11 to June 1, 2014)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 11 to June 1, 2014