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"Gilles", Antoine Watteau - description of the painting

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Gilles - Antoine Watteau. 184x149

The famous "Gilles" by Antoine Watteau, a painter and draftsman, the founder of Rococo, is a portrait of the well-known hero of the comedy del arte Pierrot, whom the French called Gilles. Here he is depicted outside the theater, separated from the rest of the comedians and is not one of the masks, but a personality independent of his companions.

Gilles stands on a small hill, due to which, in combination with a low horizon, his figure as if soars upward and acquires monumentality. The canvas from the genre becomes portrait and reveals the inner drama of the hero. He is not acting, but is like this in life: he is alone among friends, a stranger among his own constant companions. This is emphasized by their presence, they are busy with their conversations and are at a different level of emotional and spiritual development, as far from the hero’s experiences as the stone sculpture of the faun that protects part of the park. There is no performance - and there is no need to play. Limplessly dropping his hands and looking at the viewer, he is ridiculous and at the same time miserable in his white robe with red bows on his shoes. In his gaze there is a silent request, either for help, or for love.

The painting "Gilles" is perhaps the most famous work of Watteau.

Watch the video: Antoine Watteau paintings Pierrot Gilles Louvre (August 2022).