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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Female Nude with Right Arm Raised - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Female Nude with Right Arm Raised
The Shepherds - detail - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Shepherds - detail
Three Studies of a Lady with a Hat c. 1715 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Three Studies of a Lady with a Hat c. 1715
Gathering in a Park 1718 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Gathering in a Park 1718
The Serenader 1717 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Serenader 1717
The Embarkation for Cythera (detail) 1717 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Embarkation for Cythera (detail) 1717
Recreation Italienne - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Recreation Italienne
Fest im Park - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Fest im Park
Jupiter and Antiope 1715-16 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Jupiter and Antiope 1715-16
Faun 1707-08 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Faun 1707-08
Les Fêtes vénitiennes (The Venitian Festival) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Les Fêtes vénitiennes (The Venitian Festival)
The meeting in the park - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The meeting in the park

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