MCA 12 Rococo

Every age projects its own image in arts. The Rococo art period, 1715-1774, was a time in which the artwork was greatly influenced by the aristocracy and upper classes. Many of the paintings were portraits and fairy-tale like landscapes with intricate details and elaborate themes. The style is almost a festive, dancing theme and it portrays the carefree life of the aristocracy. Many of the paintings and sculptures are full of gaiety and lightness which seems to be a backlash effect from the previous Baroque art period which was very dark. The Rococo's art is so ornate that it is almost overboard with detail. It has an airy feel with many bright pastel colors in its light elaborate decorative style.

This painting portrays a very bright scene of upper class women fishing in nature. They are very elaborately dressed, which is a major characteristic of the Rococo art period, with the target of the art being aristocracy. The light colored figure contrast greatly with the darker background of the painting and there are many ornate details such as a small dog sitting with the women.
This portrait of a David Garrick has many Rococo aspects. It is very brightly colored and has a elaborate decorative style. The subject seems to be an aristocrat which is a typical person to be painted for the time.It has an almost airy feel to the painting and the background out the window looks to have a mythical theme with dark mountains and soldiers lined up in camps.
This painting by William Hogarth is of a woman and the devil. This shows some of the more religious side of the rococo art period and it uses the light skin tone colors to greatly contrast the darker background.
This piece depicts a scene of a picnic or outdoor gathering of sorts were higher class individuals have come to socialize. There are brighter colors were the figures are sitting and another dark background to make the figures seem realistic. The painting is typical of the rococo period as it has the typical brightly colored aristocratic looking people.
This is another social gathering scene painted by Watteau. There is a party or wedding were many well dressed aristocrats have come to watch. There is also various other pieces of artwork in the background which implies that it may have taken place in an aristocrat's garden. This scene is very common for the rococo period, as it has the pastel colored, bright, characters, and the well dressed higher-class individuals.
in this painting, Watteau painted a popular Italian comedy of the time, commedia dell'arte, with the main figure of the painting being a man known as Pierrot. Everything gives off a festive mood except for the one man standing awkwardly in the middle, who just looks back with a smug look on his face. The aristocratic characters and lighter use of color shows that this is another rococo painting.
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