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Jean-Antoine Watteau

Jean-Antoine Watteau
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Jean-Antoine Watteau Biography

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.

Jean-Antoine Watteau 65 Most Important Paintings and Artworks

Jean-Antoine Watteau Bibliography

Watteau by Modest Marariu. Editions Meridiane. Bucharest. 1985.

Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary. Moscow. Iskusstvo. 1999.

Antoine Watteau. Leningrad. 1973.

Watteau by M. German. Moscow. 1980.

Antoine Watteau 1684-1721 (Masters of French Art) by Helmut Borsch-Supan. Konemann, 2001.

Watteau and His World: French Drawing from 1700 to 1750 by Alan Wintermute, Colin B. Bailey, American Federation of Arts. Merrell Publishers, 1999.

Watteau's Painted Conversations: Art, Literature, and Talk in Seventeenth- And Eighteenth-Century France by Mary Vidal. Yale Univ Pr, 1992.

The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting by Colin B. Bailey, Philip Conisbee, Thomas W. Gaehtgens. Yale University Press, 2003.

Antoine Watteau 1684-1721 (Masters of French Art) by Helmut Borsch-Supan. Konemann, 2001.

Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France by Julie Anne Plax. Cambridge University Press, 2000.