HOME / Art : The big picture. Watteau the Wanderer What accounts for his enduring, elusive appeal? By Christopher Benfey|Posted Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at 10:08 AM Tweet Click here to read a slide-show essay about Jean-Antoine Watteau. . Advertisement . . Tweet MYSLATE Save this story. Follow all Art articles. Follow the Arts section. Follow stories by Christopher Benfey. MySlate is a new tool that lets you track your favorite parts of Slate. You can follow authors and sections, track comment threads you're interested in, and more. SLATE'S MOST VIRAL Oxford Town, Red Hook, and Every Other Place Bob Dylan’s Ever Sung About, Mapped New Study Tries, Fails to Show Marijuana Use Is Linked to Crime Gorgeous Pic of the Ring Nebula Reveals Details of a Star’s Death 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. Click here to load comments.