Rococo Art Movement

Art has always been lavish and a symbol of pride for the royalty. Hence, in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, when Baroque art was becoming prominent, so was the Rococo art movement, which had its own tone and style but was largely an extension of Baroque. The debate between the importance of colors over the importance of drawings and the movement away from the symbolism of Church, fueled Rococo art and its paintings.

Among the many artists and painters of the time, Francois Boucher was considered the finest and a perfect example of French Rococo art. His father, who had a sense of light-hearted mythical painting and landscapes, trained him. He worked for the Queen of France and Madame de Pompadour, who was the most powerful woman in France and the mistress of Louis XV. Boucher and his paintings had a different theme of mythological scenes, covered in passionate and intimate scenes. His genuine sense of eroticism and art that defined generic beauty displayed his ability to portray light colors with depth in reasoning. He influenced many of the later painters. He used his own wife and children as models for his paintings.

Another great artist of the era was Noel-Nicolas Coypel, who belonged to a very respectful and prominent family of painters over generations. Nicholas’s father Noel, was a court painter to Louis XIV. Although Nicholas’s work was not as famous as Boucher, Fragonard and Watteau, they are still remarkable. In one of his paintings Louise Élisabeth, the subject is dressed in the best styles at the time, while being portrayed as the goddess, Venus. It brought a refreshing mix of both myth and the allegory that was common in the 18th century.

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