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Repose in a Park

Repose in a Park

Repose in a Park

Repose in a Park

Date: early 18th century

Artist: Jean-Baptiste Joseph Pater, French, 1695–1736

Medium: oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 25 7/8 in. (54.6 x 65.7 cm)
Credit Line: Friends Fund
Object Number: 13:1967
Place made:France
Classification: PAINTINGS
Current Location: Not on view
Notes:Surrounding the seated woman in pink are well-dressed members of the upper class enjoying the pleasantries of a park. Flirtations abound. The kneeling man to the left of the seated woman holds his hand to his chest to signify his affection while the reclining man in the lower right seeks to charm the young lady beside him. Known by the term “Fête galante,” (literally “gallant party”) this type of painting depicts the intricacies of social relationships and courtship within a pastoral setting.
Exhibition History
Title: Retrospective des Tableaux Anciens
Date: May 1866
Venue: Palais de Champs-Elysées

Title: Ideal (Dis-)Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer
Date: October 24, 2008–October 3, 2009
Venue: PFA

Title: Tableaux de L'Ecole Moderne, Tableaux Anciens, Marbres, Objets D'Art et de Curiosité, Composant la Galerie de feu M. Oppenheim
Date: April 20 – April 22, 1877
Venue: Galerie Oppenheim

Title: Tableaux de L'Ecole Francaise XVII et XVIII Siecles
Date: June 25 – 26, 1862
Venue: Renou et Maulde

Title: Tableaux Anciens et Modernes des Diverses Ecoles
Date: March 3 – 5, 1872
Venue: Galerie de MM. Pereire

Publication History
Title: Among Recent Acquisitions
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Edition: September - October
Year Published: 1968

Title: The St. Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collections
Year Published: 1975

Title: La Chronique des Arts
Periodical Title: Gazette des Beaux-Arts
Edition: Février 1969
Year Published: 1969

Title: French Paintings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Edition: Summer
Year Published: 1981

Title: Ideal [Dis-] Placements: Old Masters At the Pulitzer
Year Published: 2009