Friday, March 25, 2011

Watteau, Louis Joseph

The Storm
Oil on canvas
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes

Louis Joseph Watteau (1731 - 1798), known as the Watteau of Lille was a French painter active in Lille.
He played a decisive role in the foundation of what would become the musée lillois des Beaux-Arts, opened in 1803, by producing the first ever inventory of paintings confiscated by the state during the French Revolution.