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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Le Faux Pas - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Le Faux Pas
'La gamme d'amour' (The Love Song) c. 1717 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
'La gamme d'amour' (The Love Song) c. 1717
A Garden Party - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
A Garden Party
Two Cousins c. 1716 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Two Cousins c. 1716
The Embarkation for Cythera 1717 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Embarkation for Cythera 1717
The Marriage Contract 1713 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Marriage Contract 1713
La toilette - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
La toilette
An elegant couple by a sculpted fountain - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
An elegant couple by a sculpted fountain
The Bird Nester - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Bird Nester
Party of Four 1713 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Party of Four 1713
A seated woman with a generous dcollet, her arms folded... - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
A seated woman with a generous dcollet, her arms folded...
The Bivouac 1710 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Bivouac 1710

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