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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Entertainment in the Open Air 1721 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Entertainment in the Open Air 1721
Fetes Venitiennes - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Fetes Venitiennes
Harlequin, Emperor on the Moon 1707 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Harlequin, Emperor on the Moon 1707
Rendez-vous de chasse - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Rendez-vous de chasse
La Perspective (View through the Trees in the Park... - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
La Perspective (View through the Trees in the Park...
Merry Company in the Open Air 1716-19 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Merry Company in the Open Air 1716-19
L'amour au théâtre français - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
L'amour au théâtre français
L'amour au théâtre italien - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
L'amour au théâtre italien
Shop sign of the art dealer Gersaint - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Shop sign of the art dealer Gersaint
Amusements champêtres - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Amusements champêtres
The Toilette - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Toilette
Portrait of a Gentleman 1715-20 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Portrait of a Gentleman 1715-20

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