Portrait - Jean-Antoine Watteau
Portrait

Jean-Antoine Watteau (October 10, 1684 - July 18, 1721) was a French painter whose brief career spurred the revival of interest in colour and movement (in the tradition of Correggio and Rubens), and revitalized the waning Baroque idiom, which eventually became known as Rococo. He is credited with inventing the genre of fêtes galantes: scenes of bucolic and idyllic charm, suffused with an air of theatricality. Some of his best known subjects were drawn from the world of Italian comedy and ballet.

Watteau was born in the Flemish town of Valenciennes, which had just been annexed by the French king Louis XIV. His father was a master tiler of Flemish descent. Showing an early interest in painting, he was apprenticed to Jacques-Albert Gérin, a local painter. Having little to learn from Gérin, Watteau left for Paris in about 1702. There he found employment in a workshop at Pont Notre-Dame, making copies of popular genre paintings in the Flemish and Dutch tradition; it was in that period that he developed his characteristic sketchlike technique.


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Cajoler 1707-08 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Cajoler 1707-08
The Music Lesson 1719 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Music Lesson 1719
Nymph and Satyr - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Nymph and Satyr
View Through the Trees in the Park of Pierre Crozat... - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
View Through the Trees in the Park of Pierre Crozat...
The Judgement of Paris - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Judgement of Paris
Pierrot (or Gilles) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Pierrot (or Gilles)
La gamme d'amour (The Love Song) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
La gamme d'amour (The Love Song)
L'Enseigne de Gersaint (The Shopsign) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
L'Enseigne de Gersaint (The Shopsign)
Pilgrimage to Cythera 1717 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Pilgrimage to Cythera 1717
La Danse Champêtre (Pastoral Dance) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
La Danse Champêtre (Pastoral Dance)
The Indifferent Man 1717 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Indifferent Man 1717
A Halt During the Chase 1720 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
A Halt During the Chase 1720

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