Jean-Antoine Watteau was a French painter born on October 10, 1684, in Valenciennes, France. Watteau studied under Jacques-Albert Gerin in Valenciennes before traveling to Paris in 1702 to further his education. Unable to find an art teacher, Watteau initially made copies of the Old Masters’ works for art dealers.
Watteau started studying under Claude Gillot, a designer and draftsman, in 1704. Gillot taught Watteau for almost four years before the pair broke apart. Afterward, Jean-Antoine entered the atelier of Claude Audran III, who became a pivotal figure in his success. He left Audran’s studio in 1709 after about four years of studying.
That same year, Watteau participated in the Prix de Rome competition at the Academie Royale de Painting et de Sculpture and won second place. Disappointed not to win first place and achieve his dream of traveling to Italy, Watteau returned to Valenciennes. On his return to Paris in 1712, he became a full Academician and gained worldwide recognition and acclaim. He died on July 18, 1721, in Nogent-sur-Marne, France.
What was Jean-Antoine Watteau Known For?
Jean-Antoine Watteau was known for his depictions of courtly love and camaraderie. The subjects of Watteau’s paintings were elaborately dressed aristocrats involved in romantic and group activities. He masterfully used bright colors and subtle forms to capture his subjects playfully.
Who was Jean-Antoine Watteau Influenced By?
Jean-Antoine Watteau was influenced by Claude GIllot. Despite receiving his first art studies under Baroque painter Jacques-Albert Gerin, Watteau’s works barely show signs of Baroque and decorative art. However, the impact of his time under Gillot is evident in his style and choice of subject matter.
What Art Movement was Jean-Antoine Watteau Associated With?
Jean-Antoine Watteau was associated with the Roccoco art movement, famous for hedonistic and lively depictions.
Jean-Antoine Watteau Artwork
Below are some of the artworks of Jean-Antoine Watteau
Diana at her Bath
Feast in Park
Marriage Contract and Country Dancing
Pilgrimage on the Isle of Cythera
Savoyard with a Marmot
The Bird Nester
The Delicate Musician
The Embarkation for Cythera
The Feasts of Venice
The Festival of Love
The Lesson of Love
The Pleasures of the Ball
All Jean-Antoine Watteau Artwork on Artchive
|Detail Of: Pilgrimage To Cythera||Oil On Canvas|
|Detail Of Les Charmes De La Vie||Oil On Canvas|
|Detail Of: The Embarkation For Cythera||1717||Oil On Canvas|
|Mezzetin||1717-19||Oil on Canvas|
|The Embarkation for Cythera||1717||Oil on Canvas|
|Sous un habit de Mezzetin||1720-21||Oil on Canvas|
|DETAIL OF Gersaint's Shopsign||1720||Oil on Canvas|
|Flora||1716||Gray-black and white chalks with red chalk on brown paper|
|Gersaint's Shopsign||1720||Oil on Canvas|
|Le Faux pas||1719||Oil on Canvas|
|Les Charmes de la vie||c.1717 - c.1718||Oil on Canvas|
|Pierrot||1718||Oil on Canvas|
|Pilgrimage to Cythera||1717||Oil on Canvas|
|Plaisirs d'amour||1719||Oil on Canvas|
|Reunion en plein air||1719||Oil on Canvas|
|The Perspective||c. 1716-1717||Oil on Canvas|
|Two Studies of the Head and Shoulders of a Little Girl||c. 1716-1717||Red, black and white chalks on buff paper|
|Voulez-vous triompher des Belles||c. 1720||Oil on Canvas|