Notes on Rococo and the Age of Sensibility
In the reigns of King Louis(1643-1715) and Louis, the old regime was waning.
'After the death of Louis art moved from the monumentality of the Baroque to the caprice and intimacy of the Rococo.
'the word comes from rocaillle, 'a shell,' suggesting the decorative scroll, and shellwork characteristic of the style.
' Rococo took shape as a reaction againsy yhe grandiose gesture of Baroque
'out of world of Baroque, came a world where ornate art aimed at the enchantement of senses and asserting a new doctrine whose first law was to 'enjoy yourself'
'Great painter of French Rococo was Jean Antoine Watteau (1684-1721)
'He brought the insights and the techniques of the Dutch school of Rubens
'Watteau's intimate, pastoral scenes reflected the shift in French society
'Musical counterpart to Watteau was François Couperin (1668-1733),
'Couperin came from a family of distinguished musicians
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