Trois crayons, or three-colored chalk, was a technique Watteau may have learned by studying drawings by Peter Paul Rubens.
Made to study the movement of this woman’s costume, Watteau kept hundreds of drawings together as a reference for any composition. The central figure appears in Embarkation for Cythera at the Louvre.
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Studies of Three Women, about 1716-1717, Jean-Antoine Watteau. J. Paul Getty Museum.