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|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||184.5 cm × 149.5 cm (72.6 in × 58.9 in)|
Pierrot, also retrospectively known as Gilles, is an oil on canvas painting of c. 1718-1719 by the French Rococo artist Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721). Completed in the later phase of Watteau's career, Pierrot measures 184.5 by 149.5 cm, which makes up somewhat unusual case in the artist's body of work. The painting depicts a number of actors portraying commedia dell'arte masks, with one as the titular character set in the foreground.
By the early 19th century, Pierrot belonged to Dominique Vivant, Baron Denon, the first director of the Louvre Museum; it later passed to the Parisian physician Louis La Caze, who had his collection bequeathed to the Louvre in 1869.
- Camesasca, Ettore, ed. (1971). The Complete Painting of Watteau (loan required). Classics of the World's Great Art. Introduction by John Sutherland. New York: Harry N. Abrams. p. 122. ISBN 0810955253. OCLC 143069 – via the Internet Archive. Cat. no. 195.
- Grasselli, Margaret Morgan; Rosenberg, Pierre & Paramantier, Nicole, eds. (1984). Watteau, 1684-1721 ; National Gallery of Art, June 17—September 23, 1984; Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, October 23, 1984—January 28, 1985; Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, February 22—May 26, 1985. Washington: National Gallery of Art. ISBN 0-89468-074-9. OCLC 557740787 – via the National Gallery of Art archive.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Goncourt, Edmond de (1875). Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, dessiné et gravé d'Antoine Watteau. Paris: Rapilly. p. 76. OCLC 1041772738 – via the Internet Archive.
- Heartz, Daniel (Winter 1988–1989). "Watteau's Italian Comedians". Eighteenth-Century Studies. 22 (2): 156–181. JSTOR 2738864.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Pierrot, formerly known as Gilles at the Louvre's official web site
- Gilles at the Web Gallery of Art
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