Watteau, Music and Theater - Book
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Watteau, Music and Theater - Book

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Edited by Katharine Baetjer

Focusing on both the visual and performing arts, Watteau, Music, and Theater explores the rich connections between painting and theater at a time when Louis XIV had reigned in France for some six decades. Jean-Antoine Watteau (French, 1684–1721) and other early eighteenth-century French artists are central to this time of lush artistry. This volume delves into the fascinating developments in music and theater that took place in Paris after the young Watteau arrived in the vibrant French capital. Framed by an introduction by Pierre Rosenberg de l’Académie française, Honorary President- Director of the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and a companion essay by Georgia J. Cowart, Watteau’s influence on culture and art during this time period is unquestionable. Fifteen major paintings by Watteau and a number of his drawings demonstrate the ways in which the painter’s vision reflects his involvement with actors, musicians, and the stage. The works discussed range from enchanting single figures to animated assemblages of players from the French and Italian theatrical tradition. You will meet Mezzetin, a stock character of the commedia dell’arte; Harlequin, garbed in the traditional black mask and a diamond-patterned costume; the cheerless and egotistical manservant Crispin, a leading stock comic character of the French stage; and Pierrot, a French charmer in his loose “clown” costume and pointed hat. Admirers of Watteau and other artists of this time period will rejoice in the depth of details and analysis this book presents.

160 pages, 70 illustrations (66 in full color). 10 1/4'' x 9 1/4''. Hardcover; clothbound, with jacket.