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Antonina Amoncio

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by Antonina A. Amoncio
Rococo Art
is art produced in the Rococo style, a style of artistic expression that emerged in France in the early 18th century; people also refer to this as “French style” art, in a reference to its nation of origin. Art and architecture in this style are characterized by very ornate, fanciful themes and a light air that sets it apart from earlier pieces produced in the Baroque period, which was both ornate and heavy. The Rococo style gave way to the neo-classical school, and many critics of that school dismissed this earlier movement as frivolous and without depth, which explains why some people use “Rococo” as a derogatory word for frivolous artwork and architecture today.

Modern Day Rococo
Rococo Art
In a marked contrast with the dark, heavy colors of Baroque art, Rococo featured a lot of pastels, gilding, and other elements which made works from this period very light and lacy.
Normally associated with the reign of King Louis XV, the movement actually began in the 17th century. With the rise of the middle class, the death of Louis XIV at this time, the high society in Paris became the pinnacle of fashion.
Arcade Fire by Jean-Antoine Watteau
Portrait of Madame de Pompadour (1756) by Francois Boucher.
Le Dejeuner, or The Breakfast, by Francois Boucher
A Lady in a Garden taking Coffee with some Children by Nicolas Lancret
The Stolen Kiss by Jean-Honore Fragonard
It was a decorative style most often used in interior design, painting, architecture, and sculpture.
The term Rococo was derived from the French word, rocaille, meaning rock and shell garden ornamentation. The style appealed to the senses rather than intellect, stressing beauty over depth.
The movement portrayed the life of the aristocracy, preferring themes of romance, mythology, fantasy, every day life to historical or religious subject matter. Rococo was a light, ornamental, and elaborate style of art, identified by elegant and detailed ornamentation and the use of curved, asymmetrical forms.
Elements of the style included graceful movement, playful use of line, and delicate coloring. Dominated by feminine taste and influence, the lively colors and playful subject matter made it suitable for interior decoration. The Rococo style was also used in portraiture and furniture and tapestry design
The Rococo style is sometimes considered to be the end of the Baroque period and was eventually replaced by Neoclassicism during the American and French Revolutions at the end of the eighteenth century.
Diana after the Hunt by Francois Boucher
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, "The Swing", c. 1767
Boucher, Francois (1703-1770) Allegory of Painting
Thomas Gainsborough, Queen Charlotte
Francoise Boucher, La Toilete, 1742
I certainly love Rococo Art because of its intricateness, beauty, feminism, lavishness, and elegancy. In contrast with the Baroque Art, Rococo Arts have finely detailed features. It is not excessive, but moderate. In addition, the colors blend well with the feminism, a theme which is most present in Rococo art. It occasionally depicts women in voguish clothing, breathtaking sceneries, mythical creatures / characters or lands.
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