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Capricious, Antoine Watteau, 1718

Capricious, Antoine Watteau, 1718

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Capricious - Antoine Watteau. 42x34

Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) was the first of the eighteenth-century French artists who, rejecting the heroic pathos of academism, in his so-called gallant paintings sought to convey the subtlest shades of human emotions and feelings. At the heart of each work of the painter - sketches that he did in secular salons, theaters, gardens and on the streets of Paris.

On the canvas "Capricious" a young woman in an elegant dark dress, proudly raising her head and capriciously pouting her lips, turns to her gentleman, who offers her something insinuatingly. The master accurately conveys the doubts of the heroine trying to decide: to leave her or still listen to the man’s speech. Watteau seeks to capture the character and reaction of the lady - a barely noticeable alarm. The painting is interesting for its color, based on a combination of delicate pink, pale green and blue tones. The color saturation in the figures of the characters emphasizes the softness of the color schemes used by the artist to convey the landscape background with its translucent trees and subtle silhouettes of walking couples.

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