The Village Fair
Foire de Village
Engraved by Charles-Melchior Descourtis, French, 1753-1820. After a painting by Nicolas-Antoine Taunay, French, 1755 - 1830.
Charles-Melchior Descourtis's masterful color print reproduces a painting, now lost, by Nicolas-Antoine Taunay. The harmonious coloring and lyrical mood of the print evoke Jean-Antoine Watteau's fêtes galantes and the carefree spirit of pre-Revolutionary France. Taunay had finished his paintings of The Village Wedding, The Village Fair, and The Drummer before leaving on a three-year visit to Italy in 1784.