Jean Antoine Watteau

1684-1721 France/Rococo

 

Brief Biography-Antoine (Jean) Watteau was born in Valenciennes, the son of a tradesman. In his hometown, the artist Jacques-Albert Gérin took him on as an apprentice. Watteau's first notable work La Vraie Gaieté was done under this master.
In Paris c. 1703, he entered the atelier of Claude Gillot, engraver and illustrator. He learned much from Gillot and stayed with him for five years. In 1708, he worked with Claude Audran who was Keeper of the Luxembourg Palace. This relationship, along with recognition from Pierre Crozat, the collector, opened him to the great masters' paintings. Rubens influenced him greatly, including many Venetian masters. David Teniers partly influenced his later style.
In 1709, he returned to Valenciennes where he painted military scenes, but ambition quickly brought him back to Paris. In 1717, The Academy received him after a second attempt and gave him the newly named Peintre des Fêtes Galantes. Suffering from consumption, he went to London in 1719 to seek a cure; he stayed for a year but returned to die in 1721. His last masterpiece was Gersaint's Signboard.
Jean-Baptiste Pater was a noted student, and he had a strong influence on Nicolas Lancret who also studied under Gillot.

 

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Boarding

Boarding for Cythere

The Blunder

The Blunder

The Foursome

Foursome

The Capricious Girl

The Capricious Girl

The Love Song

The Love Song

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage to Cythera

La Surprise

La Surprise

Comedie Francaise

Actors of the Comedie Francaise

Mezzetin

Mezzetin


Gersaint's Signboard

Gersaint's Signboard

Giles

Giles