The Seriousness of Pleasure

Painting by Jean-Antoine Watteau: The Pleasures of Love (1719)

Watteau, who was a consumptive, discovered something in himself that had hardly ever been seen in art before: a feeling of the transitoriness and, thus, the seriousness of pleasure.

Kenneth Clark
Civilization (1969)

Painting by Jean-Antoine WatteauThe Pleasures of Love (1719)

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