An oval portrait of the Roman goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. Her soft, despondent expression carries an undercurrent of sadness at the transience of life that suffused much of Watteau’s work. He was a Byronic figure, credited for creating, in the words of Sir Michael Levey, “the concept of the individualistic artist loyal to himself, and himself alone.” Frail and sickly since childhood, he alarmed his friends with his careless attitude toward his own future, as through he anticipated his early death at the age of 36. It was, perhaps, by living in expectation of death that he was able to forgo the lucrative and conventional, developing a more personal style that, according to the 1911 Britannica, contained in its “treatment of the landscape background and of the atmospheric surroundings of the figures…the germs of Impressionism.”
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Jean-Antoine Watteau : “Ceres (Summer)” (c. 1717-1718)
Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper
The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.