The term “fête galante” was coined specifically to provide a new genre so that Antoine Watteau could be accepted into the French Academy. The scenes of slender, elegant figures playing music, dancing and flirting amidst charming woodland glades became his signature style and influenced his successors Fragonard and Boucher, although in those by Watteau, there is often a hint of melancholy. The Rococo style is founded on a graceful repetition of curves and the exploration of a lighter palette and seems very much a reaction to the more didactic and dramatic art of the seventeenth century.
Dr. Marcie Slepian has a A.B. in Art from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Art History from Yale University and has lectured on themes in Renaissance and Baroque Art for four decades.
This program is cosponsored by Shoreline Village CT. Registration is required to receive a link to join the program on Zoom.