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Society in the park, Antoine Watteau

Society in the park, Antoine Watteau


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The society in the park is Antoine Watteau. 60x75

Antoine Watteau - French painter and draftsman, the greatest master of the Rococo style.

Watteau's art cannot be seen outside the context of French culture of the late XVII - early XVIII century: painting, music and literature. The famous French critic Charles Augustin de Saint-Beuve once said about Jean de Labruyere, author of the famous “Characters or Morals of our time”: “The ray of the century has fallen on every page of this book, but the face of the person holding it in his hands remained in the shadows. " These words can be accurately redirected to Watteau. To enjoy his art to the full, you need to know the “characters”, the characters of the Labruyere society, the harpsichord plays of Couperin, the works of Lafontaine, Cornell, Montesquieu, Racine, Lancre, Fragonard ... - in short, the era of Louis XIV.

Watteau created a kind of genre, traditionally called "gallant festivities." The painting "Society in the Park" - The brightest example of this genre of the Rococo style. Sensitive experts appreciated not only the picturesqueness of Watteau, but also his musicality. “Watteau belongs to the sphere of F. Cooperin and K. F. E. Bach,” claimed the great art philosopher Oswald Spengler.

Park - a favorite locale in the scenes of Watteau appears here as a haven of bliss and love. The painter attaches great importance to the color, the colors with which nature is written, the characters and their costumes.


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