The Rococo Movement: Jeane Antoine Watteau, 1684 – 1721
Jeane Antoine Watteau is considered the father of the Rococo movement and influenced all other artists with his mastery. He created works that were innovative in their asymmetrical design and chose to paint idyllic, happy scenes. Most of his art focuses on exuberant people dancing around and enjoying themselves in a beautiful setting. This imagery became known as its own genre – fêtes galantes. Although he died at a young age, his lucid, fluid work is said to have revived the Baroque movement, invented the Rococo movement, and planted the seed for successive art movements including Impressionism.