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Art History: Rococo: (1700 - 1760)

Based in France, Rococo was a decorative style most often used in interior design, painting, architecture, and sculpture. Normally associat reign of King Louis XV, the movement actually began in the 17th century. With the rise of the middle class, the death of Louis XIV at this society in Paris became the pinnacle of fashion. Louis XIV was succeed by the Duke of Orleans in 1715, who was know for enjoying the pr office, moving social life away from the formal courts and into salons. This attitude was continued with the following reign of Louis XV. Ro manifested out of this new era of thought where society abandoned the formality of the earlier years and began pursuing personal amuse happiness. One of the first Rococo painters was Jean-Antoine Watteau, whose work began to epitomize the movement with its idyllic and approach. Another artist that represented the Rococo period was Francois Boucher, who created paintings and designed tapestries for the and nobility.

The term Rococo was derived from the French word, rocaille, meaning rock and shell garden ornamentation. The style appealed to the sen intellect, stressing beauty over depth. The movement portrayed the life of the aristocracy, preferring themes of romance, mythology, fant life to historical or religious subject matter. Rococo was a light, ornamental, and elaborate style of art, identified by elegant and detailed o and the use of curved, asymmetrical forms. Other elements of the style included graceful movement, playful use of line, and delicate colo by feminine taste and influence, the lively colors and playful subject matter made it suitable for interior decoration. The Rococo style was portraiture and furniture and tapestry design

The Rococo style is sometimes considered to be the end of the Baroque period and was eventually replaced by Neoclassicism during the A French Revolutions at the end of the eighteenth century.

Artists: (biography & artworks)


Amigoni, Jacopo - 1685 - 1752 Boucher, Francois - 1703 - 1770 Clodion, - 1738 - 1814 Cressent, Charles - 1685 - 1768 Falconet, Etienne-Maurice - 1716 - 1791 Feuchtmayer, Joseph Anton - 1696 - 1770 Fragonard, Jean-Honore - 1732 - 1806 Gainsborough, Thomas - 1727 - 1788 Greuze, Jean-Baptiste - 1725 - 1805 Gunther, Franz Ignaz - 1725 - 1775 Huet, Christophe - 1700 - 1759 Huet, Jean-Baptiste - 1745 - 1811 La Tour, Maurice-Quentin de - 1704 - 1788 Lamerie, Paul de - 1688 - 1751 Largilliere, Nicolas de - 1656 - 1746 Le Moyne, Francois - 1688 - 1737 Longhi, Pietro - 1701 - 1785 Natoire, Charles-Joseph - 1700 - 1777 Nattier, Jean-Marc - 1685 - 1766 Pater, Jean-Baptiste Joseph - 1695 - 1736 Pellegrini, Giovanni Antonio - 1675 - 1741 Perroneau, Jean-Baptiste - 1715 - 1783 Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista - 1683 - 1754 Pigalle, Jean-Baptiste - 1714 - 1785 Pittoni, Giovanni Battista - 1687 - 1767 Ricci, Sebastiano - 1659 - 1734 Rocca, Michele - 1666 - 1751 Roubiliac, Louis-Francois - 1702 - 1762 Serpotta, Giacomo - 1656 - 1732 Subleyras, Pierre - 1699 - 1749 Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista - 1696 - 1770 Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico - 1727 - 1804 Tour, Maurice Quentin de La - 1704 - 1788 Trevisani, Francesco - 1656 - 1746 Amigoni, Jacopo - 1685 - 1752 Boucher, Francois - 1703 - 1770 Clodion, - 1738 - 1814 Cressent, Charles - 1685 - 1768 Falconet, Etienne-Maurice - 1716 - 1791 Feuchtmayer, Joseph Anton - 1696 - 1770 Fragonard, Jean-Honore - 1732 - 1806 Gainsborough, Thomas - 1727 - 1788 Greuze, Jean-Baptiste - 1725 - 1805 Gunther, Franz Ignaz - 1725 - 1775 Huet, Christophe - 1700 - 1759 Huet, Jean-Baptiste - 1745 - 1811 La Tour, Maurice-Quentin de - 1704 - 1788 Lamerie, Paul de - 1688 - 1751

Largilliere, Nicolas de - 1656 - 1746 Le Moyne, Francois - 1688 - 1737 Longhi, Pietro - 1701 - 1785 Natoire, Charles-Joseph - 1700 - 1777 Nattier, Jean-Marc - 1685 - 1766 Pater, Jean-Baptiste Joseph - 1695 - 1736 Pellegrini, Giovanni Antonio - 1675 - 1741 Perroneau, Jean-Baptiste - 1715 - 1783 Piazzetta, Giovanni Battista - 1683 - 1754 Pigalle, Jean-Baptiste - 1714 - 1785 Pittoni, Giovanni Battista - 1687 - 1767 Ricci, Sebastiano - 1659 - 1734 Rocca, Michele - 1666 - 1751 Roubiliac, Louis-Francois - 1702 - 1762 Serpotta, Giacomo - 1656 - 1732 Subleyras, Pierre - 1699 - 1749 Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista - 1696 - 1770 Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico - 1727 - 1804 Tour, Maurice Quentin de La - 1704 - 1788 Trevisani, Francesco - 1656 - 1746