Jean-Antoine Watteau

Style: Rococo

Lived: October 10, 1684 - July 18, 1721 (18th century)

Nationality: France

Embarkation for Cythera

Embarkation for Cythera

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Embarkation for Cythera

1717

by Jean-Antoine Watteau



Genre painting came back into favour when the Academy admitted Watteau to its ranks in 1717 on the presentation of this work, the subject of which was so novel that the term "fete galante" was coined to describe it. Drawing its inspiration from the theatre, the picture shows lovers in party dress - some wearing the pilgrim's hooded cape - coming to seek love on the island of Cythera, under the statue of its goddess, Venus. In an iridescent landscape which owes much to Venetian painting, allegory is caught up in the swirl of couples in a reverie; a new and less didactic interpretation of Titian's elegiac mode.

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