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"The painter should paint not only what he has in front of him, but also what he sees inside himself. If he sees nothing within, then he should stop painting what is in front of him." -Caspar David Friedrich.

Art Definition: Rococo

Posted By JessNess on May 12, 2007 at 9:10PM


-style of art that emerged in France in the early 18th century as a continuation of the Baroque style. In contrast to the heavier themes and darker colors of the Baroque, the Rococo style was characterized by an opulence, grace, playfulness, and lightness. Rococo motifs focused on the carefree aristocratic life and on lighthearted romance rather than heroic battles or religious figures; they also revolve heavily around nature and exterior settings.

Rococo in architecture......
The ballroom of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye SeloThe ballroom of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo

Rococo in painting......
Pilgrimage to Cythera by Jean-Antoine WatteauPilgrimage to Cythera by Jean-Antoine Watteau

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