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 Poussin, Landscape with the Burial of Phocion, 1648.  Rubens, Le Chateau de Steen, c. 1636.


 Rubens, Garden of Love, c. 1638.  Antoine Watteau (1648-1721), A Pilgrimage to Cythera, 1717.

 Detail of the Pilgrimage to Cythera.  


 Watteau, Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, c. 1718.  Watteau, Young Lady with a Harlequin.


 Watteau, Gersaint's Signboard, 1721.  Details of Gersaint's Signboard.


 Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), The Bathers, c. 1765.  Fragonard, Happy Accidents of the Swing, 1767.

 Michelangelo, Creation of Adam, Sistine Ceiling, 1508-13. Detail of Fragonard's Happy Accidents of the Swing.
Fragonard, Musical Contest, 1754-55.


 Fragonard, The Swing, 1765.  Fragonard, Girl with a Dog, 1783.


 Jean Baptiste Chardin (1699-1779), The Mother's Advice.  Chardin, The Young Schoolmistress, c. 1750.


 Chardin, Silver Goblet, c. 1760.  Chardin, Still Life, c. 1760.


Fête galante- elegant entertainment. A term used to describe the subjects of the paintings of Watteau and his followers in which elegant young men gracefully and rather wistfully court fashionably dressed young women in park-like settings.

Question for Review


 Watteau, Pilgrimage to Cythera, 1717.  Rubens, Garden of Love, c. 1638.

18th century French art witnesses a debate between artists who advocate the art of Poussin and those that follow Rubens. Through a comparison of these works, document why Watteau can be considered a "Rubeniste." Also note how his work differs from that of Rubens.

Web Links

There is a useful biography of Watteau at Mark Harden's "Artchive."

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