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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L'Amour désarmé - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
L'Amour désarmé
Reunion en plein air (Meeting in the open air) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Reunion en plein air (Meeting in the open air)
The meeting in the park - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The meeting in the park
Faun 1707-08 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Faun 1707-08
Fêtes galantes (detail 2) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Fêtes galantes (detail 2)
Sitting Couple c. 1716 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Sitting Couple c. 1716
Amusements champêtres (detail 1) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Amusements champêtres (detail 1)
Satire on Physicians - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Satire on Physicians
Fêtes galantes (detail 1) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Fêtes galantes (detail 1)
A wooded river landscape with a shepherd and shepherdess... - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
A wooded river landscape with a shepherd and shepherdess...
Mezzetin 1717-19 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Mezzetin 1717-19
La Finette - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
La Finette

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