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Edited by Katharine Baetjer

Focusing on both the visual and performing arts, Watteau, Music, and Theater explores the rich connections between painting and theater at a time when Louis XIV had reigned in France for some six decades. Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 16841721) and other early eighteenth-century French artists are central to this time of lush artistry. This volume delves into the fascinating developments in music and theater that took place in Paris after the young Watteau arrived in the vibrant French capital. Framed by an introduction by Pierre Rosenberg de lAcadmie franaise, Honorary President- Director of the Muse du Louvre, Paris, and a companion essay by Georgia J. Cowart, Watteaus influence on culture and art during this time period is unquestionable. Fifteen major paintings by Watteau and a number of his drawings demonstrate the ways in which the painters vision reflects his involvement with actors, musicians, and the stage. The works discussed range from enchanting single figures to animated assemblages of players from the French and Italian theatrical tradition. You will meet Mezzetin, a stock character of the commedia dellarte; Harlequin, garbed in the traditional black mask and a diamond-patterned costume; the cheerless and egotistical manservant Crispin, a leading stock comic character of the French stage; and Pierrot, a French charmer in his loose clown costume and pointed hat. Admirers of Watteau and other artists of this time period will rejoice in the depth of details and analysis this book presents.

160 pages, 70 illustrations (66 in full color). 10 1/4'' x 9 1/4''. Hardcover; clothbound, with jacket.

  • 160 pages
  • 70 illustrations (66 in full color)
  • Includes artist biographies, further reading, and index of names
  • 10 1/4'' x 9 1/4''
  • Hardcover
  • Clothbound, with jacket

Art History

At the end of Louis XIVs reign in France, the arts were in a state of indolence. The young artistic culture of the time was drawn to a more carefree and accessible art, and many believed painting in France had run its course. At the same time, there was hope that the void would one day be filled. To much surprise, Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 16841721), the son of a roofer and a young man without any special education, along with several other artists restored the merit to French painting, as well as drafting, through the celebration of theater and musicians. Between 1712 and 1717, Watteau made his mark in the art world as dealers and collectors clamored for his pieces. His art embraced the theatrical mystique that was decidedly Parisian during the early eighteenth-century.

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Description

Edited by Katharine Baetjer

Focusing on both the visual and performing arts, Watteau, Music, and Theater explores the rich connections between painting and theater at a time when Louis XIV had reigned in France for some six decades. Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 16841721) and other early eighteenth-century French artists are central to this time of lush artistry. This volume delves into the fascinating developments in music and theater that took place in Paris after the young Watteau arrived in the vibrant French capital. Framed by an introduction by Pierre Rosenberg de lAcadmie franaise, Honorary President- Director of the Muse du Louvre, Paris, and a companion essay by Georgia J. Cowart, Watteaus influence on culture and art during this time period is unquestionable. Fifteen major paintings by Watteau and a number of his drawings demonstrate the ways in which the painters vision reflects his involvement with actors, musicians, and the stage. The works discussed range from enchanting single figures to animated assemblages of players from the French and Italian theatrical tradition. You will meet Mezzetin, a stock character of the commedia dellarte; Harlequin, garbed in the traditional black mask and a diamond-patterned costume; the cheerless and egotistical manservant Crispin, a leading stock comic character of the French stage; and Pierrot, a French charmer in his loose clown costume and pointed hat. Admirers of Watteau and other artists of this time period will rejoice in the depth of details and analysis this book presents.

160 pages, 70 illustrations (66 in full color). 10 1/4'' x 9 1/4''. Hardcover; clothbound, with jacket.





  • 160 pages
  • 70 illustrations (66 in full color)
  • Includes artist biographies, further reading, and index of names
  • 10 1/4'' x 9 1/4''
  • Hardcover
  • Clothbound, with jacket




Art History

At the end of Louis XIVs reign in France, the arts were in a state of indolence. The young artistic culture of the time was drawn to a more carefree and accessible art, and many believed painting in France had run its course. At the same time, there was hope that the void would one day be filled. To much surprise, Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 16841721), the son of a roofer and a young man without any special education, along with several other artists restored the merit to French painting, as well as drafting, through the celebration of theater and musicians. Between 1712 and 1717, Watteau made his mark in the art world as dealers and collectors clamored for his pieces. His art embraced the theatrical mystique that was decidedly Parisian during the early eighteenth-century.


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