Le Goûter (1725-1730)
Les Baigneuses, 18th century
Oil on canvas
Pater was one of the principal painters of the Rococo, specializing in depictions of the leisured lifestyle of the French aristocracy. In Le Goûter (Afternoon Tea) a group of elegantly dressed young people converse and flirt in a lush park setting. Pater's Les Baigneuses (The Bathers), also exhibited here, introduces a note of sensuality only hinted at in the first picture. The theme of the bathing party was immensely popular with Pater's patrons, and nearly 30 of his variations on this subject are known today. His paintings, in general, betray the influence of Rubens (1577-1640) in their rich color and relatively free brushwork.
Fantasy Interior with Jan Steen and the Family of Gerrit Schouten
"Interior scene with two dogs in center foreground, foot warmer, right middle ground, left to right: Negro placing silver pot in marble basin; velvet-covered side chair holding belt with sheathed sword; bowing boy offering peeled lemon on round salver to seated woman in gray with open book in lap; standing man behind her in front of fireplace addressing seated man; standing woman at clavichord with elaborately carved pedestal; another woman beyond clavichord playing lute, facing left. Tapestries on wall, rear, drawn aside at door, left, through which is seen woman laying table in front of leaded windows; octagonal table bearing tray and pitcher; gray stone fireplace, center, with column on each side, motto "discite mori" on top face, be hatted skull with arrow on mantelpiece, above painting of warriors and elephants; right, tall cupboard with sculpture atop of Venus and putto flanked left, by infant Bacchus and right, Eros sharpening his bow."