Dancing in the Castle Grounds

Lancret, Nicolas (1690-1743) | Painter


The format of this painting is exceptionally large for a work of this type. Presumably the picture was part of a magnificent interior. The stage-like form of presentation in such “fêtes galantes”, already evident in the works of Watteau, is intensified still further here by the addition of stone parapets and steps in the foreground, which emphasise the perspective effect. The scene is viewed from a slightly elevated angle, which nevertheless does not explain the varying scale of the figures.

Material & Technique
Oil on canvas
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
1725 (?)
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 784