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ROCOCO PERIOD ROCOCO is a style of 18th century French art and interior design. The word Rococo is seen as a combination of the French rocaille, or shell, and the Italian barocco, or Baroque style. The 1730s represented the height of Rococo development in France. It was most popular in France, and is generally associated with the reign of King Louis XV (1715-1774). It is a light, elaborate and decorative style of art. Rococo style took pleasure in asymmetry, a taste that was new to European style. This practice of leaving elements unbalanced for effect is called contraste. It was readily received in the Catholic parts of Germany, Bohemia, and Austria, where it was merged with the lively German Baroque traditions. The beginning of the end for Rococo came in the early 1760s as figures like Voltaire and Jacques-François Blondel began to voice their criticism of the superficiality and degeneracy of the art.

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Jean-Antoine Watteau generally considered the first great Rococo painter. Influenced later painters, like Francois Boucher.

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Pilgrimage to Cythera (1717) L’Enseigne de Gersaint (1720)

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Francois Boucher -a French painter, a proponent of Rococo taste, known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories representing the arts or pastoral occupations, intended as a sort of two-dimensional furniture.

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Toilet of Venus(1751) Diana Leaving the Bath(1742)

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Jean-Honore Fragonard -was a French painter and printmaker whose late Rococo manner was distinguished by remarkable facility and exuberance. -Among his most popular works are genre paintings conveying an atmosphere of intimacy and veiled eroticism.

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Captured Kiss The Swing

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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo -also known as Gianbattista or Giambattista Tiepolo, was a Venetian painter and printmaker. He was prolific and worked not only in the Veneto, but also in Germany and Spain, and is considered among the last "Grand manner" fresco painters from the Venetian republic. Death of Hyacinth(1752)

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Allegory of Planets(1752) Apotheosis of Spain

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Thomas Gainsborough -was one of the most famous portrait and landscape painters of 18th century Britain. -Gainsborough painted more from his observations of nature (and human nature) than from any application of formal academic rules -His most famous works display the unique individuality of his subjects.

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Mr. and Mrs. Andrews(1748-49) Blue Boy(1770)

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Sculptures Sleeping Satyr Amor Falconet Amourmenacant

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Vertu’s Collection St. Paul’s Cathedral

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