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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Fetes Venitiennes 1718-19 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Fetes Venitiennes 1718-19
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...
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)
Fêtes galantes (detail 2) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Fêtes galantes (detail 2)
Kneeling Male Nude - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Kneeling Male Nude
L'Amour désarmé - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
L'Amour désarmé
Amusements champêtres (detail 1) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Amusements champêtres (detail 1)
La Finette - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
La Finette
A merry company in a park landscape - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
A merry company in a park landscape
Sitting Couple c. 1716 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Sitting Couple c. 1716
Fêtes galantes (detail 1) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Fêtes galantes (detail 1)
Peasant Dance - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Peasant Dance

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