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Antoine Watteau, 1684-1721

Author: Helmut Börsch-Supan; Antoine Watteau
Publisher: Köln : Könemann, ©2000.
Series: Masters of French art.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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No other artist made such a mark on 18th-century painting north of the Alps as Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). In a creative phase lasting little more than a decade, he created not the large forceful works artists are often remembered for, but rather small-scale and playful pictures full of quiet charm and gentle wit. He was able to exert artistic influence because, living in a period of upheaval and decline at the end  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Börsch-Supan, Helmut.
Antoine Watteau, 1684-1721.
Köln : Könemann, c2000
(OCoLC)606563960
Named Person: Antoine Watteau; Antoine Watteau
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helmut Börsch-Supan; Antoine Watteau
ISBN: 3829032730 9783829032735
OCLC Number: 46897023
Description: 140 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 33 cm.
Contents: Mystery of the artist as a man --
Inset: France around 1700 --
Gersaint's shop sign --
Early work --
Scenes of military life --
Inset: Theatrical life in Paris --
Passion for the theater --
Embarkation for Cythera --
Inset: Art and fashion --
Fetes galantes --
Draftsman --
Nature, landscape, children, dogs --
Last years and legacy --
Chronology --
Glossary --
Selected bibliography --
Picture credits.
Series Title: Masters of French art.
Other Titles: Watteau, Meister der französischen Kunst.
Antoine Watteau
Responsibility: Helmut Börsch-Supan ; [translation from German, Anthea Bell in association with Cambridge Publishing Management].

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No other artist made such a mark on 18th-century painting north of the Alps as Antoine Watteau (1684-1721). In a creative phase lasting little more than a decade, he created not the large forceful works artists are often remembered for, but rather small-scale and playful pictures full of quiet charm and gentle wit. He was able to exert artistic influence because, living in a period of upheaval and decline at the end of the era of Louis XIV, he had a presentiment of what was to come: a refinement of the mind and sensory perception, the Enlightenment, and with it new ideas of social justice. The developments that led to the French Revolution at the end of the century are already present in embryo beneath the surface merriment of Watteau's painting.

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