in the Flemish town of Valenciennes which had recently passed from the Spanish Netherlands to France.
Watteau was a French painter whose brief career spurred the revival of interest in colour and movement, as seen in the tradition of Correggio and Rubens. He revitalized the waning Baroque style, shifting it to the less severe, more naturalistic, less formally classical, Rococo. Watteau is credited with inventing the genre of fêtes galantes, scenes of bucolic and idyllic charm, suffused with a theatrical air. Some of his best known subjects were drawn from the world of Italian comedy and ballet.
He was a prolific draftsman. His drawings, typically executed in trois crayons technique, were collected and admired even by those, such as count de Caylus or Gersaint, who found fault with his paintings. You may count me in too in those admirers!
So here’s a glimpse of his work [no quotes…]
click on the drawings to see in full view
I have chosen music by the French composer
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
one of the most important French composers
and music theorists of the 18th century.
Les Indes Galantes
Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen – conductor