About a new book by Jed Perl concerning Watteau NY Times reviewer Richard B. Woodward writes,

"Among his finds is a taped conversation about Watteau from 1956 in which Jean Cocteau tells Louis Aragon that “all that smoky beauty somehow predicts the storm to come. The people at those parties of Watteau’s are like people coming together as a result of a railway accident, or during a halt or bombardment when they have left their cars on the road.”

Overall the review is harsh. I am not a fan of Jed Perl's. But I LOVE this quote above. (Click the pic to read the full review.)


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