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In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Purchased with Funds provided by William Randolph Hearst Collection, Mr. and Mrs Jo Swerling, Marion Davies Collection, the Paul Rodman Mabury Collection, H.E. Ten Cate, Estate of Anita M. Baldwin, Los Angeles County Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Erlanger, …

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Painter Jean-Baptiste Joseph Pater was Jean-Antoine Watteau’s only student and closest follower. Even though Pater was allegedly dismissed in a flare-up of Watteau’s difficult temper, Pater ardently declared that everything he knew came from his short period of instruction under the master (and they would eventuall reconcile.) In fact, his early work so closely resembled Watteau’s that Pater’s works were sometimes misattributed to him. Pater’s style was also influenced by Flemish genre paintings; his later works were a blend of Watteau’s romantic vision with Flemish joviality. Pater was especially known for his fête galante paintings, and depictions of open-air gatherings modeled after actual festivals. He also painted a few overtly erotic scenes of love and courtship.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., J. Paul Getty Museum

La Bonne Aventure (The Fortune Teller), 1731

Oil on canvas
28 1/2 × 36 in
72.4 × 91.4 cm
Location
Los Angeles

In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Purchased with Funds provided by …

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Image rights
Image provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Painter Jean-Baptiste Joseph Pater was Jean-Antoine Watteau’s only student and closest follower. Even though Pater was allegedly dismissed in a flare-up of Watteau’s difficult temper, Pater ardently declared that everything he knew came from his short period of instruction under the master (and they would eventuall reconcile.) In fact, his early work so closely resembled Watteau’s that Pater’s works were sometimes misattributed to him. Pater’s style was also influenced by Flemish genre paintings; his later works were a blend of Watteau’s romantic vision with Flemish joviality. Pater was especially known for his fête galante paintings, and depictions of open-air gatherings modeled after actual festivals. He also painted a few overtly erotic scenes of love and courtship.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., J. Paul Getty Museum
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