Rococo Painting Research Paper by The Research Group

Rococo Painting
Examines the sociohistorical development of the 17th Century-18th Century French style, focusing on the works of Francois Boucher and Jean-Honore Fragonard. Discusses the role of the Royal Academy, patronage, interior reality, colors and major works.
# 22039 | 3,375 words | 14 sources | 1995 | US
Published on Mar 02, 2003 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , Art (General)

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"Rococo. The very term has become commonplace as the synonym for "decorative," "frilly" and "frivolous" art. That in itself is a step up from its origins as a derogatory term derived from the French word rocaille. The original invention of the term in the early 1800s was essentially a caricature, a satirical disparagement which consigned the entire Rococo period (circa 1680-1775) to being little more than an architectural style of playful decoration.. Likewise, our contemporary art historians and critics are rarely kind to the Rococo style - and are particularly hard on its artists. "The eighteenth century," one college text proclaims,. "did not produce a single figure in the visual arts to rank with the universal masters of previous epochs." Like all such sweeping generalizations, both criticisms - new and old - miss key elements in the character of Rococo ..."

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