The World of Watteau

United Kingdom, 1950

Film
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Looks at the contemporary lifestyle of the French court at the beginning of the eighteenth century through the eyes of the painter Watteau. The refinement and grace of French court life at the beginning of the eighteenth century found its expression in the art of the French painter Antoine Watteau. He captures the rich satins and delicate laces of the courtly costumes, and the play of light, and shade is costumes, and the play of light and shade in the pleasure gardens with a lightness of touch and bold economy of line that foreshadows the Impressionists. But Watteau did more than reflect the surface charm of this world; he sensed the sadness and emptiness of lives spent in endless search of pleasure, a mood that underlines many of his greatest works.

Credits

director
production company

Argos Films

Duration

00:15:37:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1950

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

30681

Language

English

Subject categories

Crafts & Visual Arts → Painters - France

Crafts & Visual Arts → Painting

Crafts & Visual Arts → Painting, French

Crafts & Visual Arts → Watteau, Antoine, 1684-1721

History → France - History - 18th century

People → Watteau, Antoine, 1684-1721

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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