Friday, January 8, 2016

Drawing of a Tavern in Austria

As an Austrian Archduchess Marie-Antoinette learned how to draw and paint. It seems she was always interested in the work of ordinary people. From Christie's:
Before directing the redesign of Versailles, Marie-Antoinette exercised her creative muscle in a more conventional manner. A written statement on the reverse of this watercolour states it was produced ‘by the unfortunate queen Marie-Antoinette who was decapitated on 16 October 1793’. The pastoral scene depicts a small church, pond and hay wagon, a rider in the foreground seeking refreshment at a local tavern.

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