LA Museum Buys Painting of 18th C Actors

Maybe a Watteau? (original image by Getty, via LA Times)

I guess we should be expect an LA museum to acquire a painting of actors but this one might be by the great 18th C. French painter Jean-Antoine Watteau.

According to the LA Times, the painting purchased by the Getty Museum is possibly by the French master but there’s no consensus. Some think this large canvas — four by three feet — could be by the lesser painter Jean-Baptiste Pater. But no matter the attribution, we can all probably agree this is the funniest part of the article:

Given its theme, Schaefer said with a laugh, “The Italian Comedians” may have found just the right home: L.A. can relate to the idea of acting and wanting to get paid for it.

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