Jean-Antoine Watteau

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Antoine Watteau

Jean-Antoine Watteau (b. Valenciennes, France, (Baptism) October 10, 1684 - d. Nogent-sur-Marne, France, July 18, 1721), French Rococo painter.

Peter Paul Rubens was the main influence on Watteau's formative years. In 1717, Watteau joined the Academy of Painting. Some of his masterpieces are: Gilles and his Family (1716), Embarkation for Cythera (1717–19), The Mezzetin (1717–19) and L'Enseigne de Gersaint (1720).

The happy feel of his paintings made for a poignant contrast to his personal life, which was miserably lonely and punctuated by frequent illness. [1]

The Pleasures of Love

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Le Mezzetin

Les Champs-Elysées

Watteau is now regarded as a forerunner of the Impressionists in his handling of color and study of nature.

See also

Les Plaisirs du bal, 1717.

External links

Petite Gallery


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