14 Mar 14 – 21 Jul 14, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, France
Fête galante is the retrospective art historical description of the genre of Rococo pastoral painting produced in Paris roughly from 1715 to the middle of the century. The genre was invented by Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) with his reception piece—a history painting—for the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, The Embarkation for the Island of Cythera, 1717. The print publication of all his paintings and drawings by his Maecenas, Jean de Julienne, gave the artist a wide audience. Watteau’s invention was taken up by younger...
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