Jean-Antoine Watteau was a French rococo painter. He received lessons from Gillot - between 1704 and 1705 - and from Claude Audran, between 1707 and 1708. Audran was curator of the art collection in the Palace of Luxembourg. A series of paintings by Rubens showing events from the life of Maria de Medici had a great influence on the work of Watteau. He made use of the drawings he made of this series many times. Watteau was the first painter who produced the so-called Fêtes Galantes. The works show idyllic scenes of groups of gentry. Often his works are based on scenes from theatrical pieces of the French and Italian Commedia dell'Arte.
Jean Antoine Watteau
Valenciennes 1684 - Nogent-sur-Marne 1721