Antoine Watteau was born on October 10, 1684 in the city of Valenciennes. His father was an ordinary carpenter and did not have sympathy for the artistic inclinations of his son, although he allowed him to be a student of the city artist Jacques-Albert Guerin.
When Antoine turned eighteen, in 1702, he left home and went to Paris, where he got a job as a copyist. It was hard work, for a small fee, the money earned was barely enough for food.
Biography of Antoine Watteau changed its course in 1703 thanks to an acquaintance with Claude Gillo. The latter saw the potential of the young artist and offered him student status. Between 1708 and 1709, Watteau studied with Claude Audran. Communication with these artists aroused interest in theater and decorative art. The works of Rubens, which Antoine studied in the Luxembourg Palace, had a great influence on creativity.
Wanting to get to Rome, Antoine Watteau decides to enter the Academy of Art. In 1710, he returned to Paris as a creatively mature artist. The master devotes many of his works to military subjects. In 1717, Antoine wrote one of his best works - “Pilgrimage to the island of Kiferu”. For this work he receives the special title of “artist of gallant festivals”. No less famous painting "Capricious"written in 1718. The essence of the scenes of the artist’s paintings is revealed not only by a direct plot, but mainly by the subtlest poetry with which they are imbued.
At the end of 1717, Watteau fell ill with tuberculosis, in those days it was a death sentence. The disease was reflected by the manifestation of sadness in his works. For some time he tried to resist, he even visited Great Britain 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 illness on July 18, 1721. For his 37 years, he left his descendants about twenty thousand paintings.