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Jean-Antoine Watteau

1684 - 1721

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Jean-Antoine Watteau (UK: , US: , French: [ʒɑ̃ ɑ̃twan vato]; baptised October 10, 1684 – died July 18, 1721) was a French painter and draughtsman whose brief career spurred the revival of interest in colour and movement, as seen in the tradition of Correggio and Rubens. He revitalized the waning Baroque style, shifting it to the less severe, more naturalistic, less formally classical, Rococo. Watteau is credited with inventing the genre of fêtes galantes, scenes of bucolic and idyllic charm, suffused with a theatrical air. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Antoine Watteau has received more than 388,368 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 62 in 2019). Jean-Antoine Watteau is the 88th most popular painter (down from 65th in 2019), the 261st most popular biography from France (down from 169th in 2019) and the 27th most popular French Painter.

Jean-Antoine Watteau is most famous for his paintings of scenes of aristocratic life.

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Among painters, Jean-Antoine Watteau ranks 88 out of 1,421Before him are Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Cimabue, Francisco de Zurbarán, Paolo Uccello, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Berthe Morisot. After him are Max Ernst, Filippo Lippi, Matthias Grünewald, Vittore Carpaccio, Andrei Rublev, and Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun.

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Among people born in 1684, Jean-Antoine Watteau ranks 2Before him is Catherine I of Russia. After him are Ludvig Holberg, Maria Barbara Bach, Tokugawa Yoshimune, Francesco Durante, Charles Alexander, Duke of Württemberg, Johann Gottfried Walther, Edward Vernon, Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Robert Maynard, and Jean Astruc. Among people deceased in 1721, Jean-Antoine Watteau ranks 2Before him is Pope Clement XI. After him are Alexander Selkirk, Mary Read, Charles Vane, Marguerite Louise d'Orléans, Anton Florian, Prince of Liechtenstein, Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Johann Christoph Bach, Rudolf Jakob Camerarius, Edward Colston, and Elihu Yale.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean-Antoine Watteau ranks 261 out of 6,011Before him are Joseph Fouché (1759), Georges Cuvier (1769), Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732), Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778), Olympe de Gouges (1748), and Berthe Morisot (1841). After him are Arsène Wenger (1949), Philip I of France (1052), Pope Callixtus II (1065), Josquin des Prez (1450), Ferdinand Foch (1851), and Maurice Leblanc (1864).

Among PAINTERS In France

Among painters born in France, Jean-Antoine Watteau ranks 27Before him are Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796), François Boucher (1703), Honoré Daumier (1808), Paul Signac (1863), Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732), and Berthe Morisot (1841). After him are Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755), Claude Lorrain (1600), William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825), Georges de La Tour (1593), Gustave Moreau (1826), and Charles Le Brun (1619).