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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Satire on Physicians - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Satire on Physicians
Fêtes galantes (detail 3) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Fêtes galantes (detail 3)
Mezzetin 1717-19 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Mezzetin 1717-19
Respite from War 1713 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Respite from War 1713
Pastoral Gathering - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Pastoral Gathering
Convivial conversation outdoors - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Convivial conversation outdoors
The Dance 1716-18 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Dance 1716-18
Fete Champetre - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Fete Champetre
The Misste 1719 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
The Misste 1719
Rendez-vous de chasse (detail 2) - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Rendez-vous de chasse (detail 2)
Summer 1717 - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Summer 1717
Portrait of Pater - Jean-Antoine Watteau - www.jean-antoine-watteau.org
Portrait of Pater

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