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Jean-Antoine Watteau (, , ; baptised October 10, 1684died July 18, 1721) Also available via Oxford Art Online (subscription needed). was a French painter and draughtsman whose brief career spurred the revival of interest in colour and movement, as seen in the tradition of Correggio and Rubens. He revitalized the waning Baroque style, shifting it to the less severe, more naturalistic, less formally classical, Rococo. Watteau is credited with inventing the genre of fêtes galantes, scenes of bucolic and idyllic charm, suffused with a theatrical air. Some of his best known subjects were drawn from the world of Italian comedy and ballet.

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Uniform title: Univers de Watteau. English
by Huyghe, Rene
London : Pall Mall Press, 1970
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