Antoine Watteau

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  • Date of birth: 10 Oct 1684
  • Date of death: 18 Jul 1721
  • Country: France


Born Antoine Watteau October 10, 1684 in the city of Valenciennes. Childhood Watteau had an unhappy, partly because of its complicated nature, and to some extent because of my father. His father was an ordinary carpenter, and had no sympathy with the artistic inclinations of the son, but allowed him to be a disciple of the urban artist Jacques-albert Guerin.

When Antoine was eighteen years old, in 1702, he left home and went to Paris, where he took a job as a copier. It was hard work for little pay, the money earned was barely enough for food.

Biography of Antoine Watteau twisted in 1703 through acquaintance with Claude gillot. The latter saw the potential of the young artist and offered him the status of the student. In the period from 1708 to 1709 Watteau studied with Claude Adrana. Communication with these artists awakened interest in the theatre and decorative art. A great influence on the art works had Rubens, who Antoine studied at the Luxembourg Palace.

Wanting to get to Rome, Antoine Watteau decides to enroll in an art Academy. In 1710 he returned to Paris as a creatively Mature artist. Many of his works, the master devotes to military issues. In 1717 Antoine wrote one of his best works – “Pilgrimage to the island of Kythira”. For this work he receives a special title of “artist of the gallant festivals”. No less famous painting “Caprinica,” written in 1718. The essence of the scenes of the artist’s paintings reveals not only direct plot, but basically the finest poetry, which they are imbued.

In late 1717, Watteau became ill with tuberculosis, in those days it was a death sentence. The disease has a manifestation of sadness visible in his works. For a while he tried to resist, even visiting the UK at the end of 1719 to change the climate.

The last days of Antoine Watteau spent in the country house of his friend, he died of disease on 18 July 1721. In his 37 years he left to posterity about twenty thousand paintings.