Jean-Antoine Watteau, ‘Mezzetin’, ca. 1718–1720, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Mezzetin, ca. 1718–1720

Oil on canvas
21 3/4 × 17 in
55.2 × 43.2 cm
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Munsey Fund, 1934), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
Jean-Antoine Watteau
French, 1684–1721
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Characterized by paintings that depict sumptuously dressed aristocrats in nature settings, Antoine Watteau’s distinct style forged the creation of an entirely new genre of paintings termed fête galante. These works are admired for the subtlety of expression in the characters’ faces and gestures, as well as the simultaneous inclusion of both contemporary dress and costume attire, complicating notions of time and place. Though Watteau is often associated with the cheerful subject matter and ornamental concerns of Rococo, it is the innovative combination of reality and artifice that makes Watteau’s work so remarkable.

Jean-Antoine Watteau, ‘Mezzetin’, ca. 1718–1720, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Munsey Fund, 1934), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
Jean-Antoine Watteau
French, 1684–1721
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Characterized by paintings that depict sumptuously dressed aristocrats in nature settings, Antoine Watteau’s distinct style forged the creation of an entirely new genre of paintings termed fête galante. These works are admired for the subtlety of expression in the characters’ faces and gestures, as well as the simultaneous inclusion of both contemporary dress and costume attire, complicating notions of time and place. Though Watteau is often associated with the cheerful subject matter and ornamental concerns of Rococo, it is the innovative combination of reality and artifice that makes Watteau’s work so remarkable.

Mezzetin, ca. 1718–1720

Oil on canvas
21 3/4 × 17 in
55.2 × 43.2 cm
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