| art history
| 18th c.
18th Century Art Styles
Two significant styles dominated Western art in the Eighteenth century - Rococo and Neoclassicism. And these styles were both heavily influenced by earlier developments in art history. The Rococo style was inspired in part by Baroque precedents, while the Neoclassical style was indebted to Classical (that is, ancient Greek and Roman) art.
| The playful Rococo style reflects an aristocratic preoccupation with leisure and frivolity. Painters François Boucher and Antoine Watteau were two of the artists who created fashionable Rococo works.
| Stern, somber, and spartan - these words describe the Neoclassical style that became the rage at the end of the Eighteenth Century. And the hero of Neoclassicism was Jacques-Louis David.
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Definitions of the terms, techniques, and miscellaneous jargon used in describing 18th century art are available in the Art Speak section - think of it as your personal art history guide!
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