MCA 14

"Every age projects its own images into its art." During the Rococo period (1700-1789), the prosperous Paris merchant-class wanted "parade-dress portraits." This caused an increase in the use of pastels, and art became less formal in comparison of the Baroque period, it often was on smaller scale, and there was an increased focus on nobles while portraying an artificial "never-never world." The increased focus on nobles caused the Bourgeoisie to increase in participation and patronage of the art. There also happened to be a huge market for porcelain factories during this period, possibly because everything created during this art period was very ornate and almost had an "airy" quality to it (porcelain was extremely ornate). Two artists from the Rococo period, and in this gallery, are Francois Boucher and William Hogarth.

This piece contains a noble family with a picturesque landscape in the background while they settle by a lazy river.
Although not the brightest portrait, it does contain some pastels for the dress and a beautiful landscape in the background of the young noble lady.
This painting contains nobles relaxing, a common interest in the 16th century, nobles were often portrayed in care free mannerisms and activities.
This painting contains one a few of the most telling signs of the Rococo art period; pastel colors and the main focus being a young noble.
This painting is not only of a noble and painted with pastel colors, but it also contains a background that is very surreal and fantasy-like, another very common occurrence during the Rococo period.
As you can see, this room, from the Rococo period, is very ornate and also contains porcelain as well as elaborate art pieces, and the whole room is very light colored as was the style.
This piece expresses how very ornate and detailed the Rococo art style was, while demonstrating the fantasy-like or surreal-ness that also became a common denominator.
Although this piece does feature a young noble and is in pastels, I chose it more because of the ornamentation on the dress and in the furniture patterns and design.
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