Rococo Art


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Rococo Art

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There were four famous Rococo style painters from France: Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, and Vigée-Le Brun.

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All of these Rococo painters were from France.

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The Rococo style is fancy, like Baroque, but it is also lighthearted and not serious.

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Painting #41 Watteau’s Gilles Say “g” with a hard G as in goat, then ee

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Antoine Watteau 1684-1721

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Clowns are people who dress up and act in silly ways, to make us laugh.

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A comedy is a funny show.

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Italian people loved comedies.

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Watteau’s painting Gilles is a painting of a clown from an Italian comedy.

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Watteau’s Gilles Do you think he looks happy or sad? Wouldn’t I look silly if I dressed like that? What do you think the other people are doing? (They are actors in a comedy, too.)

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Painting #43 Watteau’s Embarkation for Cythera

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To embark is to leave on a trip. So, embarkation means leaving on a trip.

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Cythera is an island of Greece.

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Cythera is famous because Venus (also called Aphrodite) was born there, or so say stories.

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Here is Watteau’s Embarkation for Cythera.

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Watteau’s Embarkation for Cythera Venus was the goddess of love and Cythera was her island. So everyone is in love and having fun…

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François Boucher 1703-1770

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Painting #42 Boucher’s Le Déjeuner (which means The Afternoon Meal)

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Boucher’s Le Déjeuner (which means The Afternoon Meal) These children lived a long time ago, but do you think are they like us? Is the mother feeding a baby? Is the little girl playing with a horse and doll? But isn’t the room very, very fancy?

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Painting #44 Boucher’s Madame de Pompadour

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This is King Louis XV of France. He was king when Boucher was painting.

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Like all kings, King Louis XV had many friends and helpers. One of his friends was called Madame de Pompadour.

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Madame de Pompadour was famous when she was alive, and many paintings were made of her. Here is one of Boucher’s paintings of her.

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Boucher’s Madame de Pompadour Is her dress plain and simple, or fancy? What does she have in her hand? Can you find a candle? A dog?

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Painting #45 Fragonard’s The Reader

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Jean-Honoré Fragonard 1732-1806

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Fragonard’s The Reader Fragonard painted this very quickly. What is that around her neck? (It is called a ruff.) Is the book very small or very large? What do you think she is reading?

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Paintings #46, 47, and 48 Vigée-Le Brun’s Self-Portraits

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Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun 1755-1842

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Until the 1900s, there were not many great women painters. Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun was one of the best. She made many self-portraits, or paintings of herself.

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Le Brun’s Self-Portrait What is she holding in her hands? What is she doing? Does she have a ruff? She is putting paint on canvas. Is there anything on her canvas yet? Look closely!

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Le Brun’s Self-Portrait in a Turban with Her Child A turban is a kind of hat. Was she a mother as well as a painter?

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