Martin EidelbergMartin Eidelberg was born in New York City in 1941. After attending Columbia University and graduating with a B.A. degree (cum laude) in 1961, he pursued graduate studies in art history at Princeton University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1965 with a thesis on Watteau’s Drawings, Their Use and Significance. 


He taught at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, from 1964 until his retirement in 2002, attaining the rank of Professor of Art History and is presently Professor emeritus.


Dr. Eidelberg has two principal fields of research.  He has published widely on the drawings and paintings of Antoine Watteau, as well as on many of the artists associated with him, particularly Claude Gillot, Claude III Audran, Pierre Antoine Quillard, and Philipe Mercier.  He is currently preparing a catalogue raisonné of Watteau's paintings, A Watteau Abecedario.


Dr. Eidelberg’s second field of specialization is modern decorative arts. In addition to publishing extensively on the American Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau, with particular emphasis on American ceramics and the work of Louis C. Tiffany, he has also written widely about mid-20th century design.


"Philippe Mercier: Watteau's English Follower," ArtWatch UK Journal, 29 (Spring 2015), 4-11.

"Two 'Allegrain' Landscapes at Temple Newsam," British Art Journal, 12 (Summer 2011), 60-64.

“The First Watteau Drawings in England,” in Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat, Watteau, The Drawings, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Art, 2011), 27-33.

“Philippe Mercier as a Draftsman,” Master Drawings, 44 (Winter 2006): 411-49.

“Watteau and the ‘fête galante,’” Burlington Magazine, 146 (December 2004): 828.

“In Search of Lebel,” Apollo, 158 (September 2004): 26-29.

“Watteau, peintre de fêtes galantes,” “Catalogue” and “Biographies,” in Watteau et la fête galante, exh. cat. (Valenciennes: Musée des Beaux-Arts, 2004), 17-27, 84-272, 274-80.

“How Watteau Designed His Arabesques,” Cleveland Studies in the History of Art, 8 (2003): 68-79.

“More About ‘Old Nollekens,’” Apollo, 157 (March 2003): 22-26.

“Watteau’s Rêve de l’artiste Unveiled,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts, ser. 6, 140 (October 2002): 217-32.

“Watteau and Audran at the Hôtel de Nointel,” Apollo, 155 (January 2002): 10-16.

Review of J. A. Plax, Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France  (Cambridge: 2000) in Burlington Magazine, 143 (April 2001): 228-29.

“The Case of the Vanishing Watteau,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts, ser. 6, 138 (July/August 2001): 15-40.         

“‘Dans ses lieux uniquement consacrés à l’art,’ Watteau and the Bonds of Friendship,” in Mélanges en hommage à Pierre Rosenberg (Paris: 2001), 163-68.

Review of A. Wintermute et al, Watteau and His World (London and New York: 1999) in Burlington Magazine, 142 (January 2000): 61-63.

“Jean Jacques Spoede, Watteau’s ‘Special Friend,’” Gazette des Beaux-Arts, ser. 6, 136 (November 2000): 179-96.

“‘Landskips . . . Dark and Gloomy’: Reintroducing Henry Ferguson,” Apollo, 152 (September 2000): 27-36.

"«Ce joli morceau» Le Royaume de l’amour de Watteau,” La Revue de l’art, 123 (1999): 39-46.

“Letter to the Editor,” Master Drawings, 36 (Fall 1998): 320-22.

“Watteau at Chicago,” Burlington Magazine, 140 (April 1998): 268-69.

“Some Etchings after Van Dyck by the Comte de Caylus,” On Paper, 2 (March/April 1998): 12-17.

"The Comte de Caylus’ Tête-à-tête with Van Dyck," Gazette des Beaux-Arts, ser. 6, 140 (January 1998): 1-20

“Pierre-Antoine Quillard. The Four Seasons,” in Masterworks from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection (Milan: 1997), 68-70; also in Capolavori dalla collezione di Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza (Milan: 1997), 68-70.

"An Album of Drawings from Rubens' Studio," Master Drawings, 35 (Fall 1997): 234-66.

"Watteau's Chinoiseries at La Muette" (with Seth A. Gopin), Gazette des Beaux-Arts, ser. 6, 130 (July/August 1997): 19-45.

"'Dieu invenit, Watteau pinxit.' Un nouvel éclairage sur une ancienne rélation." La Revue de l'art, 115 (1997): 25-29.

"Fantastic Costumes and Factual Prints," On Paper, 1 (March-April 1997): 19-21.

"Huquier in the Guise of Watteau," On Paper , 1 (November-December 1996): 28-32.

"Octavien" and “Quillard” in Jane Turner, ed., The Dictionary of Art, 34 vols. (London: 1996) 23: 346-47; 25: 820.

"Watteau's Italian Reveries," Gazette des Beaux-Arts, ser. 6, 126 (October 1995): 111-38.

"The Dispersal of the Last Duke of Mantua's Paintings" (with Eliot W. Rowlands), Gazette des Beaux-Arts, ser. 6, 123 (May-June 1994): 207-94.

"Watteau in the Atelier of Gillot" in F. Moureau and M. Morgan Grasselli, eds., Antoine Watteau (1684-1721): Le peintre, son temps et sa légende (Paris and Geneva: 1987), 45-57.

"The Jullienne Spring by Antoine Watteau," Apollo 124 (August 1986): 98-103.

"The Mysterious Métayer," Watteau Society Bulletin (1985): 12-16.

Review of M. M. Grasselli and P. Rosenberg, Watteau, 1684-1721, in Master Drawings, 23-24 (1985-86): 102-06.

"Gabriel Huquier: Friend or Foe of Watteau?," Print Collector's Newsletter, 15 (November/December 1984): 157-64.

"Quillard as Draughtsman," Master Drawings, 29 (Spring 1981): 27-39.

"Autour du nom de Quillard," Bulletin de la Société de l'histoire de l'art français (1979): 129-40.

Review of D. Wiebenson, The Picturesque Garden in France, in Skyline, 1, no. 4 (1978): 7.

"«Le Flutiste» de Grenoble remis en question," La Revue du Louvre et des Musées de France, 28 (1978): 12-19.

Watteau's Drawings: Their Use and Significance (New York: 1977).

"A Chinoiserie by Jacques Vigouroux Duplessis," Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, 35 (1977): 62-76.

"Watteau Paintings in England in the Early Eighteenth Century," Burlington Magazine, 117 (September 1975): 576-83.

"Watteau and Gillot: An Additional Point of Contact," Burlington Magazine, 116 (September 1974): 538-39.

"Watteau and Gillot: A Point of Contact," Burlington Magazine, 115 (April 1973): 232-39.

"P. A. Quillard, an Assistant to Watteau," Art Quarterly, 33 (1970): 39-70.

"The Painters of the Grenoble 'Flutist' and Some Other Collaborations," Art Quarterly, 32 (1969): 282-91.

"Watteau's 'La Boudeuse,'" Burlington Magazine, 111 (May 1969): 275-78.

"Watteau and Oppenort," Burlington Magazine, 111 (April 1969): 223.

"Watteau, Lancret, and the Fountains of Oppenort," Burlington Magazine, 110  (August 1968): 445-56.

"Watteau's Use of Landscape Drawings," Master Drawings, 5 (1967): 173-82.

"Watteau's 'Le Rendez-vous,'" Gazette des Beaux-Arts, ser. 6, 70 (November 1967): 285-94.

"A Cycle of Four Seasons by the Young Watteau," Art Quarterly, 22 (1966): 269-76.