Monday, May 18, 2009

Rococo's Modern Life

This weekend I got a little into the color accent feature on our camera, if you could not tell from my previous post. Here's one of the shots I took:
And basically, I am in love with it to say the least. The first time I glanced at it, it reminded me of one of my favorite paintings: L'escarpolette (The Swing) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Which further reminded me that it is time for me to give you a little art lesson.

In addition to majoring in Communications, with a minor in French, I also have a minor in Art & Design, which might as well be Art History for all of the classes I took. Basically I fell in love with Baroque art (of which Rococo is an offshoot) after a particular class that focused on 17th century Dutch painting. Snore- I know. The moment I figured out that's what the class
was focused on, I was all ohmygoshgetmeouttaherenow. However, I absolutely fell in love. But, that's another story.

Right now is about Rococo. Basically, Rococo is the French version of Baroque. But while the word baroque sounds all ugly and dark, the French made it sound pretty by combining "rocaille" (stone garden or shells) and "barocco" the italian term for Baroque. Unfortunately in all of my art classes, Rococo received maybe one day of notority, while Baroque had a whole semester.

But I did learn that Rococo was an early 18th century style--think Marie Antoinette, Louis XV and Louis XVI that extended into the rest of Europe from France. Three of the most noted painters of this time were Fragonard (see above,) Jean-Antoine Watteau and Francois Boucher. But Fragonard is by far my favorite. Everything about his style is flirty, pretty and feminine--exactly the things I love about Rococo.

Love Letters
In addition, Rococo also defined the architecture and interior design of the same period, resulting in these beauties:
The Wieskirche, or the Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Saviour, in Bavaria

There will definitely be more to come about my million other favorite artists and artistic styles... but, in the meantime, who is your favorite artist? What is your favorite artistic period?

Live Well,

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the art lesson! I'm def going to keep an eye out for all that stuff when I'm making my rounds in Europe.

    As much as I don't like to be favorite is Impressionism. More specifically, pointalism. Favorite artist is Seurat.