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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A female nude, half-length, in a shift leaning forward... - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
A female nude, half-length, in a shift leaning forward...
Venus disarming Cupid - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Venus disarming Cupid
The Bird Nester - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Bird Nester
L'Indifférent c. 1717 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
L'Indifférent c. 1717
Spring - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Spring
The Bivouac 1710 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Bivouac 1710
Les Champs Elysées (The Elysian Realm) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Les Champs Elysées (The Elysian Realm)
Actors from the Comédie Francaise c. 1720 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Actors from the Comédie Francaise c. 1720
A Kneeling Woman, After Veronese, And Two Studies Of... - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
A Kneeling Woman, After Veronese, And Two Studies Of...
Peaceful Love - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Peaceful Love
Jupiter & Antiope - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Jupiter & Antiope
The Monkey Sculptor 1710 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Monkey Sculptor 1710

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