the rococo age occupied most of the 18th century (from roughly 1700 to roughtly 1790 or so). it was not a precise movement, more like tendency, a tone, an inclination.
rococo's reputation tends to be frilly and unserious, but it wasn-t just that, it was all sorts of other things as well.
Travel had an exciting impact on rococo art. of course, people have traveled before, but not with the same crazyness and enthusiasm. travel as one of the life's most exciting pleasures, was a rococo idea.
pilgramage became a powerful creative force in rococos time (especially in bavaria, a strictly catholic place)
pilgrim on a trail=a travelling money box
Goether was born right in the middle of the rococo age. Does it make Faust one of the rococo writings?
rococo implies an art the is shapeless and overloaded, an art without sensible or logal boundries
sometimes it went too far in the search for freedom and looseness, but other times, the resoults were glorious, breathtaking
some of the world most exciting interiors were rococo interiors
reality feels dreamy and dreams feel real
the freeing/unleashing of european imaginations
rococo=the great age of enlightenment, when science triumphed and Linnaeus classified the natural world, but the art of the period, where all the strange animals popping up in it, you'll notice a definite taste for the inelegant, and the primitive, the clumsy and the oversized, all kinds of weird exotic animals (before darwin or david atinborough)
the world was still being mapped, there was still a sense of discovery. Artists (tiepolo) predended they knew all the places and animals out there, but they didn't.
rococo invented the fancy porcelain (bibeloul) - augustus the strong - addicted to porcelains(20 000 rare and expencive examples of chinese porcelains). the country had to stop importing porcelains and start making them there
the chinese have been making porcelains since the 16th century and they were keeping secret of how it was done.
augustus had imprisoned an alchemist to work on making porcelain and surprisingly he had discovered the secret and that was when europe started to manufacture porcelain(1710)

canaletto went to london, painted in the same poscard style. lived in soho, among the italian community. livd in london for 9 years.
casanova, vivaldi, canaletto
canaletto(b. 1697) can feel like just a painter of postcards, but he was actually a brilliand tinkeres of relaity. he has started to paint a venice that did not have any stains, that could appeal to the tourists.
used the camera obscura very much
clara - rhino
the first indian rhino to arrive in europe in 1741, it travelled to london, warsaw, paris, versailles (painted by Jean Baptiste oodry), berlin, venice (Pietro Longi).
she appears in more art than any of the rococo king or hero
Marguerite Gérard

Marguerite Gérard (28 January 1761 in Grasse – 18 May 1837 in Paris)[1] was a successful French painter and print-maker working in the Rococo style. She was the daughter of Marie Gilette and perfumer Claude Gérard. At eight years old she became the sister-in-law of Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and when she was 14, she went to live with him. She was also the aunt of the artist Alexandre-Évariste Fragonard. Gérard became Fragonard's pupil in the mid-1770s and studied painting, drawing and printmaking under his tutelage. Gérard and Fragonard created nine etchings in 1778. Historians currently believe Gérard was the sole artist of five of these etchings since many have a duplicate created by her tutor Fragonard.[2] More than 300 genre paintings, 80 portraits, and sev

Marguerite Gérard

GRASSE 1761 - 1837 PARIS


Oil on panel
Signed lower left Mte / gerard
47 x 35 cm ; 18 1/2 by 13 3/4  in

Le chat angora, oil on canvas, 1780, 65 x 53.5 cm

Marguerite Gérard & Jean-Honoré Fragonard
1761 - 1837 and 1732 - 1806


Oil on canvas
64,6 x 55 cm ; 25 1/2  by 21 2/3  in.

Le déjeuner du chat ("The Cat's Lunch"), oil on canvas, Musée Fragonard, Grasse, France

Marguerite Gérard (French painter and etcher) 1761 - 1837
A Lady with her Cat, s.d.
oil on canvas
32.4 x 24.5 cm. (12.75 x 9.63 in.)
signed 'Mle Gerard' (lower left)
private collection

Peintre faisant le portrait d'une joueuse de luth (Painter when painting a portrait of a lute player), 61 x 51.5 cm, before 1803

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