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Rococo  

Richard John and Ludwig Tavernier

A decorative style of the early to mid-18th century, primarily influencing the ornamental arts in Europe, especially in France, southern Germany and Austria. The character of its formal idiom is marked by asymmetry and naturalism, displaying in particular a fascination with shell-like and watery forms. Further information on the Rococo can be found in this dictionary within the survey articles on the relevant countries....

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Spanish, 19th century, male.

Active in Barcelona and near Gerona.

Born c. 1835.

Painter.

Joaquín Vareyda was the most important disciple of the Realist landscape artist Ramón Martí y Alsina, who was director of the Barcelona academy. Vareyda sought to create atmospheric effects and employed a light, almost loose, touch. He worked mainly in the Olot region of the province of Gerona, which gave its name to the Olot School. Francisco Gimeno was first influenced by Vareyda's work before going on to develop a more constructed style....