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date: 26 May 2020

Watteau familylocked

  • Humphrey Wine
  •  and Annie Scottez-De Wambrechies

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French family of painters and draughtsmen. (1) Antoine Watteau was one of the foremost exponents of the Rococo style in French painting, creating an entirely distinctive pictorial world. His nephew (2) Louis Watteau and the latter’s son (3) François Watteau (both known as Watteau de Lille) were provincial painters who dominated the artistic life of Lille in the later 18th century and the early 19th.

Humphrey Wine

(b Valenciennes, bapt Oct 10, 1684; d Nogent-sur-Marne, nr Paris, July 18, 1721).

He is best known for his invention of a new genre, the fête galante, a small easel painting in which elegant people are depicted in conversation or music-making in a secluded parkland setting ( see under Fête champêtre ). His particular originality lies in the generally restrained nature of the amorous exchanges of his characters, which are conveyed as much by glance as by gesture, and in his mingling of figures in contemporary dress with others in theatrical costume, thus blurring references to both time and place....

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