Small Town Boy



Watteau’s home town of Valenciennes boasts a very fitting and magnificent shrine to their greatest native son in this monumental fountain. The portrait bronze of Watteau was sculpted by his fellow Valenciennois Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and the monument completed to his designs after his death in 1875 by sculptor Ernest Eugène Hiolle and architect Emile Dussart. The monument was inaugurated on the 12th of October 1884, to honour the bicentennial of Watteau’s birth.

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