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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Les Charmes de la Vie (The Music Party) c. 1718 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Les Charmes de la Vie (The Music Party) c. 1718
Les Plaisirs du bal (Pleasures of the Ball) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Les Plaisirs du bal (Pleasures of the Ball)
Shepherds - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Shepherds
Pierrot Content - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Pierrot Content
The Sulky Woman 1719 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Sulky Woman 1719
The Pleasures of the Ball 1717 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Pleasures of the Ball 1717
The Island of Cythera 1709 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Island of Cythera 1709
Diana Bathing 1721 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Diana Bathing 1721
Fetes galantes - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Fetes galantes
The Anxious Lover 1719 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Anxious Lover 1719
Three Studies of the Head of a Young Negro - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Three Studies of the Head of a Young Negro
Venetian Pleasure 1718 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Venetian Pleasure 1718

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