Watteau at the Met.

Watteau at the Met.

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Sept. 30 2009 10:08 AM

Watteau the Wanderer

What accounts for his enduring, elusive appeal?

Click here to read a slide-show essay about Jean-Antoine Watteau.

Click here to read a slide-show essay about Jean-Antoine Watteau.

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Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

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