Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684 - 1721)

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684 –1721) was a French painter probably best known for his fêtes galantes. These romantic and idealized scenes depict elaborately costumed ladies and gentlemen at play in fanciful outdoor settings. He was founder and leader of the school usually known as that of the painters of Les Fêtes Galantes, whose brief career spurred the revival of interest in colour and movement (in the tradition of Correggio and Rubens), and revitalized the waning Baroque idiom, which eventually became known as Rococo.

Watteau was born October 10, 1684 in the Flemish town of Valenciennes, which had just been annexed by the French king Louis XIV from the Spanish Netherlands only six years before his birth, and he was regarded by contemporaries as a Flemish painter. There are indeed strong links with Flanders in his art. His father was a master tiler of Flemish descent.

Jean-Antoine Watteau Paintings

Fêtes Vénitiennes Gilles Gilles and his Family Halt During the Chase Harlequin and Columbine Head of a Man Italian Comedians L'Enseigne de Gersaint La Perspective Les Champs Elysées Merry Company in the Open Air Mezzetin