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Jean-Antoine Watteau

(1684-1721)

Biography

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October 10, 1684, supposed day of Watteau’s birth, is actually the date he was baptized at the church of St. Jacques in Valenciennes. He was the son of Jean-Philippe Watteau, master roofer and carpenter, who knew how to read and write, and was officially registered as a bourgeois. All we know about Watteau’s mother is the name: Michele, née Lordenois; of Watteau’s three brothers that they continued his father’s enterprise. It is unknown whether his parents encouraged his artistic vocation. None the less they allowed the boy, on turning fifteen, to get some instruction from Jacques-Albert Gérin, the correct, mediocre official painter of Valenciennes. Read Jean-Antoine Watteau's Full Biography

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Jean-Antoine Watteau. Arlecchino Emperor in the Moon. Arlecchino Emperor in the Moon. 1708. Oil on canvas. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, France. (Apparently done from a drawing by Claude Gillot). Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Satire on Physicians. Satire on Physicians. 1708-1709. Oil on wood. The Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. The Marriage Contract. The Marriage Contract. 1710-16. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. The Monkey Sculptor. The Monkey Sculptor. c.1710. Oil on canvas. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Orléans, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. The Bird Nester. The Bird Nester. 1710. Oil on paper glued to canvas and mounted on panel. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. The Seducer. The Seducer. c.1712. Oil on metal. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Troyes, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. La Gamme d'Amour. La Gamme d'Amour. c.1712. Oil on canvas. National Gallery, London, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Les Coquettes. Les Coquettes. c.1712. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Ceres (Summer). Ceres (Summer). 1712. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. The Serenader. The Serenader. c.1715. Oil on panel. Musée Condé, Chantilly, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Récréation Italienne. Récréation Italienne. c.1715. Oil on canvas. Staatliche Museen, Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Récréation Italienne. Detail. Récréation Italienne. Detail. c.1715. Oil on canvas. Staatliche Museen, Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Jupiter and Antiope. Jupiter and Antiope. c.1715. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Autumn. Autumn. c.1715. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Portrait of M. Pater. Portrait of M. Pater. c.1716. Oil on canvas. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Voulez-vous triompher des belles?. Voulez-vous triompher des belles?. c.1716. Oil on canvas. Wallace Collection, London, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. The Savoyard with a Marmot. The Savoyard with a Marmot. 1716. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Love in the Italian Theater. Love in the Italian Theater. 1716. Oil on canvas. Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Love in the Italian Theater. Detail. Love in the Italian Theater. Detail. 1716. Oil on canvas. Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Love in the French Theater. Love in the French Theater. 1716. Oil on canvas. Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Love in the French Theater. Detail. Love in the French Theater. Detail. 1716. Oil on canvas. Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, Germany. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. An Embarrassing Proposal. An Embarrassing Proposal. c.1716. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. The Recreations of War. The Recreations of War. c.1716. Oil on copper. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. The Hardships of War. The Hardships of War. c.1716. Oil on copper. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Arlequin, Pierrot and Scapin. Arlequin, Pierrot and Scapin. c.1716. Oil on canvas. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Moulins, France. (A controversial work, with three replicas in existence. The original seems to be the one identified in the Spencer Collection, Althorp Park.). Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Embarkation for Cythera, or The Pilgrimage to Cythera. Embarkation for Cythera, or The Pilgrimage to Cythera. 1717. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Embarkation for Cythera, or The Pilgrimage to Cythera. Detail. Embarkation for Cythera, or The Pilgrimage to Cythera. Detail. 1717. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Embarkation for Cythera, or The Pilgrimage to Cythera. Detail. Embarkation for Cythera, or The Pilgrimage to Cythera. Detail. 1717. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Sous un Habit de Mezetin. Sous un Habit de Mezetin. c.1717. Oil on panel. Wallace Collection, London, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. The Adventuress. The Adventuress. c.1717. Oil on metal. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Troyes, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. L'Indifférent (The Casual Lover). L'Indifférent (The Casual Lover). c.1717. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Le Faux Pas (The Mistaken Advance). Le Faux Pas (The Mistaken Advance). c.1717. Oil on canvas. Louvre, Paris, France. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Jean-Antoine Watteau. Les Champs-Elysées. Les Champs-Elysées. c.1717. Oil on canvas. Wallace Collection, London, UK. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
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