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Rococo Prints

Rococo art is a French artistic style of the 18th century. It developed as a criticism of the Baroque style which focused on strict geometry and images of grandeur. The revolution of Rococo framed art didn't just affect art; it also affected the interior design options of French nobility.

Like Baroque paintings, Rococo artists used ornate styles to depict their subjects. However, where Baroque was rigid, Rococo was fluid, and replacing the rich colors and triumphantly victorious themes of the Baroque with pastel colors and curving forms were a signature look of Rococo artists. Themes of love and mythological depictions of cherubs and ancient gods.

Rococo Paintings

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Saturn Devouring one of his Children, 1821-23
by Francisco De Goya
18" x 24"
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The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters
by Francisco De Goya
18" x 24"
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A Young Girl Reading
by Jean-Honore Fragonard
22" x 27"
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The Colossus, c.1808
by Francisco De Goya
18" x 24"
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A Young Girl Reading
by Jean-Honore Fragonard
9" x 11"
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Summer Vista
by Nicolas Lancret
30" x 24"
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Bridge of Sighs, Venice
by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto
24" x 18"
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The Witches' Sabbath
by Francisco De Goya
24" x 18"
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Love Me, Love My Dog
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
18" x 24"
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The Witches' Sabbath
by Francisco De Goya
18" x 24"
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The Duke of Wellington
by Francisco De Goya
18" x 24"
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The Parasol, 1777
by Francisco De Goya
24" x 18"
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Two Old Men Eating, one of the 'Black Paintings'
by Francisco De Goya
24" x 18"
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The Blue Boy
by Thomas Gainsborough
12" x 16"
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Girl Resting
by Francois Boucher
24" x 20"
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St. Peter Invited to Walk on the Water
by Francois Boucher
18" x 24"
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View of the Canal of Santa Chiara, Venice
by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto
24" x 18"
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Cupid Between Roses
by Jean-Honore Fragonard
11" x 15"
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The Washerwomen, before 1780
by Francisco De Goya
18" x 24"
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The Naked Maja, c.1800
by Francisco De Goya
24" x 18"
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Of what ill will he die?
by Francisco De Goya
18" x 24"
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The Betrothal of the Venetian Doge to the Adriatic Sea
by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto
24" x 18"
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The Rialto Bridge, Venice
by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto
24" x 18"
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Rome, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum
by Unknown
10" x 8"
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Execution of the Defenders of Madrid
by Francisco De Goya
24" x 18"
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The Balloon
by Francisco De Goya
18" x 24"
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Bullfighting
by Francisco De Goya
24" x 18"
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Picking A Bouquet
by Francois Boucher
14" x 22"
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Girl Resting
by Francois Boucher
11" x 9"
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Madame Victoire de France
by J.m. Nattier (d'apres)
14" x 18"
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The Blue Boy
by Thomas Gainsborough
16" x 23"
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Return of the Bucintoro on Ascension Day
by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto
24" x 18"
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A Regatta on the Grand Canal
by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto
24" x 18"
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Seated Woman with a Fan
by Jean-Antoine Watteau
16" x 16"
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View of Campo San Polo
by Francesco Guardi
26" x 18"
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Although it wasn't blatant, there were also themes of whimsically naughty eroticism, which was used by artists to emphasize their separation from the traditions of French artists who represented the church and state. Portraiture was also popular in this art category and was depicted in sensitive and delicately colored ways that was ideal for French noblewoman of the time.

Jean-Antoine Watteau is credited for being the first famous Rococo painter. His sensitively rendered works such as 'Studies of Three Women' and 'Woman Seated with a Fan' served as a template for later artists. His Rococo paintings served to inspire such amazing artists as Jean-Honore Fragonard and Francois Boucher, who epitomized the mythological aspects of this art form.

Interior design was highly affected by Rococo art. The characteristics of this design style included flowing drapes, heavy classical furniture, and ornamentation using curving forms like shells, leaves, and flames. It also encouraged using lighter, airier color palettes instead of the dark richness of traditional interior design styles. Modern designers still draw from the inspirations of Rococo art, using the same principles to develop brightly scenic rooms that focus on relaxation and openness in their design. Because of this, the pastel, curving forms of Rococo artists are still in high demand for personal decoration, particularly for such intimate areas as bedrooms and studies, although the designs can also be used for familial settings like living and dining areas, as well as dens.
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