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Gallant and piquant: paintings from Watteau to Fragonard in the Paris Museum

An exhibition of 18th-century French painting “From Watteau to Fragonard. Gallant festivities. More than 60 paintings from museums in France, Germany, England and America - marvelous scenes of entertainment Parisian secular society of the time of Louis XV. Meet: the French Rococo Rococo is called the most frivolous and thoughtless of all styles in art. Why then is rococo so significant for Russian visual culture? Why does the definition of the word "Rococo" sound so exotic for our ear - "rococar"? What is the main difference between rococo and baroque, which people of little knowledge often confuse? Finally, why is rococo the direct and immediate ancestor of modern glossy culture? All of this will be discussed below. Read further from A. Watteau, J.-B. Patera, N. Lankre, F. Boucher and J.-O. FragonaraA gallant feast with the dancer Camargo Nicolas Lancre1728The spring opening day in Paris is a great opportunity to travel back to “glamorous” times at the court of King Louis XV and see that the court environment of the king and his favorite Madame Pompadour knew something about entertainment! This is eloquently told by the works of French artists with the refined and sophisticated name of the genre - “gallant festivities”. At the exhibition you will be greeted by light and frivolous paintings depicting aristocratic receptions and balls, theatrical performances and masquerades, love adventures and cheerful noisy holidays in shady parks. Well, just gallant festivities for every taste!

Among all the paintings at the exhibition are the works "Pleased Pierrot" and "Gallant Feast with Guitarist" by the first master of the gallant genre Antoine Watteau. In these works, when externally light and funny plots, the complexity of human relationships and the play of conflicting emotions are shown, and in the pictures there is an irony and slight sadness.

The idyllic pastorals, “The Gallant Festival with the Dancer Camargo” and “The Bathers and the Viewers in the Background of the Landscape” by Nikola Lankre are distinguished by their amusing and piquant frivolity in which truth and fiction are intertwined. They give the impression of theatrical performances, although they sound echoes of the real life of secular society of the beginning of the XVIII century with his love of poetry, music, theater, subtle conversation, filled with hints and omissions.Bathers of Nicolas Lancres XXVIII century, 145 × 97 cmA from the paintings of Francois Boucher as if that cheerful laughter and singing with a guitar, the rustle of silk dresses and light steps of dancing couples come. But seductive beauties sometimes cast a sly glance at young men in love, or reject ardent admirers - all this is the reality and imagination of court painter Madame Pompadour.The delights of rural lifeFranchos Boucher1740, 100 × 146 cmJean-Honore Fragonard at the exhibition presents a series of images of Parisian parks with shady avenues, blooming roses and beautiful sculptures. The artist placed on his paintings graceful figures of charming ladies and lovers of gentlemen engaged in love games. The exhibition of painting "gallant century" will last until June 14 and will give you a true feast of pleasure and pleasure!