Costumed Dancers Performing in a Garden Tavern

Brush and brown and gray wash, with gouache, watercolor, and traces of graphite | 19.8 x 31.3cm | 1756

Gabriel de Saint-Aubin

The exaggerated lifted legs of the dancers imply a comic, theatrical style; no social dance during the 18th century would have permitted such pronounced leg gestures, especially for a woman. Both dancers wear jackets with irregular hemlines decorated...
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