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Denise K. McTighe

ASAG Journal

February 13, 2021

Rococo (c1730-1770) was a flamboyant deviation from the austerity of the original Baroque style. It was an era of the luxurious, theatrical and playful ornamental features inspired by the natural world. It was a time of frivolity and fun that enticed the wit and fantasies of artistocratic classes.

Let's examine on example from this movement...

Declaration of Love, 1731  by Jean-Francois de Troy

The Declaration of Love, 1731 by Jean-Francois de Troy is a defining piece of the Rococo era of art movement that was much more theatrical and ostentatious than more former and geometrical Baroque period in which it emerged.  The art was the personification of a society that had become enthralled with the pursuit of personal amusement and happiness, infusing the world of art and interior design with aristocratic idealism.

The artist’s pictures depict fashionable people from his time in parks or interior settings who are engaged in courting, card playing, or reading to each other. In this painting of joviality of pastoral colors, a young man playfully kneels in front of his beloved presenting a corset while the group of genteel class surround the pair, with the gentlemen’s taupe attire remaining muted, while the ladies blossom in color and rosiness against the classical walls that frame the scene. 


The Declaration of Love, 1731 by Jean-Francois de Troy 
Jean François de Troy, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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