A Summer Pastoral by François Boucher

La Gamme d'Amour by Jean-Antoine Watteau

William Poyntz by Thomas Gainsborough

Madonna of the Goldfinch by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

Rococo artists

Bernardo Bellotto (1720 - 1780)

François Boucher (1703 - 1770)

Canaletto (1697 - 1768)

Rosalba Carriera (1675 - 1757)

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699 - 1779)

Alexandre-François Desportes (1661 - 1743)

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 - 1806)

Thomas Gainsborough (1727 - 1788)

Corrado Giaquinto (1703 - 1765)

Jean-Marc Nattier (1685 - 1766)

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696 - 1770)

Élizabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun (1755 - 1842)

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684 - 1721)

What is Rococo

Rococo first started out as a reaction of architects against the formal Baroque interiors in the 1720's. It probably received its name among young assistants in the atelier of the neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David, who used the word whimsically to designate the old shellwork style (style rocaille) of the ancien régime , which had been dowdy in France since about 1775, though in Spain it continued to bloom.

Apart from decorators, architects, goldsmiths and other technicians, the Rococo style also contains painters. The painters portrayed the carefree, luxurious life of the aristocracy rather than focusing on grand heroes or pious martyrs. This style does not only depict in the subjects, but also in the style of painting with swift, smooth,
playful lining and delicate coloring.

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