Antoine Houdar de la Motte's Fables Nouvelles

Art from Fables NouvellesFables nouvelles, Antoine Houdar de la Motte, (Paris: Dupuis, 1719)

Library Call Number: PQ1993.L46 F33 1719

This book contains 68 etchings by the French artist Claude Gillot, whose work is often confused with that of his protégé, Jean-Antoine Watteau. Gillot (1673 – 1722) worked in several media including painting but was best known for his printmaking and his role as mentor of Rococo artist Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684 - 1721).

Gillot’s style was characterized as witty and ornamental, and his use of arabesques influential on Watteau’s work. The two artists’ work is often confused because their styles at the time of the apprenticeship are so similar, and it has been found that Watteau, in his early career, copied a great deal of Gillot’s prints.

This work is a collection of fables compiled by Antoine Houdar de la Motte, published in 1719 and containing a dedication letter to King Louis XV. The book, while not a part of the W. McAllister Johnson collection, has been put forward by McAllister Johnson as a supporting work for his collection. The quantity of prints and its reference to fables and mythology coincide with W. McAllister Johnson Collection's strengths.

This book was acquired by ARC as part of the W. McAllister Johnson Collection to support studies in History, Art History, the Humanities, and Design.

Cover page and art from Fables Nouvelles