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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The Champs-Elysees 1719 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Champs-Elysees 1719
Embarkation for Cythera - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Embarkation for Cythera
The Seducer - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Seducer
La Partie carrée - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
La Partie carrée
Young Woman Seated - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Young Woman Seated
The Italian Serenade 1718 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Italian Serenade 1718
La Leçon d'Amour - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
La Leçon d'Amour
Le Jugement de Paris (The Judgement of Paris) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Le Jugement de Paris (The Judgement of Paris)
Assemblee dans un parc - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Assemblee dans un parc
French comedian - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
French comedian
La Fête d'amour (The Festival of Love) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
La Fête d'amour (The Festival of Love)
Harlequin and Columbine 1716-18 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Harlequin and Columbine 1716-18

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