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Antoine Watteau

 (1684 - 1721)
Antoine Watteau was active/lived in France, Netherlands.  Antoine Watteau is known for rococo aristocratic genre painting, theatre set design.

Antoine Watteau

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Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721)

Jean-Antoine Watteau was the most representative painter of the French Rococo* style, an artist beside whom the painterly talents of his contemporaries (like the Venetian Giambattista Tiepolo, and the Frenchmen Francois Boucher and Jean-Honore Fragonard) are measured.  He was born at Valenciennes - the town had only recently been ceded to France, and during his lifetime he was considered a Flemish artist - and his early years are obscure.

He trained under local artists, and arrived in Paris in 1702 as an assistant to one of them, a painter of scenery for the Paris Opera.  This was probably Watteau's first contact with the theatre.  He later became infatuated with it.

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About  Antoine Watteau

Born:  1684 - Valenciennes, France
Died:   1721 - Paris, France
Known for:  rococo aristocratic genre painting, theatre set design