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Artists’ Birthdays: October the 10th – Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684)

October 10, 2012

Would you like to know it all? We would! That’s why the theme for our Know It All Section for 2012 is Artists’ Birthdays. We hope that these posts will help to increase our and your knowledge in Art History. Lets get acquainted with more painters, lets recognise their artwork and be inspired by the masterpieces!

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We seem to be continuing the theme from our previous post – the Baroque. It is a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, and music. It started around 1600 in Rome, Italy and spread to most of Europe. In the previous post you saw a great example of Baroque architecture, today we present amazing paintings by a French artist, who revitalized the waning Baroque style, and indeed moved it to the less severe, more naturalistic, less formally classical Rococo.

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684 – 1721)

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).

“Living only thirty-six years, and plagued by frequent illness, Watteau nonetheless rose from an obscure provincial background to achieve fame in the French capital during the Regency of the duc d’Orléans. His paintings feature figures in aristocratic and theatrical dress in lush imaginary landscapes. Their amorous and wistful encounters create a mood but do not employ narrative in the traditional sense. During Watteau’s lifetime, a new term, fête galante, was coined to describe them.”

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

For his paintings please click here and to read Jean-Antoine Watteau’s biography please click here.— — —

Information for this post found on Wikipedia.

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