JEAN-ANTOINE
WATTEAU
(1673-1721)
 

 
  • Biography:
     

         Watteau became the "gallant painter". At the age of 18 he moved to Paris and began to do reproductions of well known paintings. He worked in shops by the Sena where he sold these reproductions. He felt great desprecio for oficial art. He worked with Claude Gillot, Who gave him an impulse towards the knowledge of the Italian art Comedy world, whose characters appear represented in his pictoric productions .

         Watteau is the painter of the joyful life. In his delicate and brilliant landscapes figures, with deliciosos silk dresses moove. this idílic atmosphere of his painting does not correspond with Watteau's life. He was a very ill man, single and with a difficult character.

    A. Watteau: The Embarcation for Cythera, 1717. A. Watteau, The Embarcation for Cythera, 1717, oil on canvas, 129 x 194 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris.
    With comments
    A. Watteau: Pilgrimage to Cythera, 1717. A. Watteau, Pilgrimage to Cythera, 1717, oil on canvas, 129 x 194 cm, Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin.
    Mezzetin A. Watteau, Mezzetin 1717-19, oil on canvas, 55.3 x 43.2 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
    A. Watteau: Pierrot, c.1717-1719. A. Watteau, Gilles (Pierrot) c.1717-1719, oil on canvas, 185 x 150 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris.
    With comments
    The Delights of Life A. Watteau, The Delights of Life, c. 1718, oil on canvas, 69 x 90 cm, The Wallace Collection, London.

    Written by:
    Beatriz Aragonés Escobar.
    Bachelor of Art History



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