Antoine Watteau Picture Study Aid and Art Prints

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Antoine Watteau Picture Study Aid

Included in this 26-page Antoine Watteau Picture Study Aid (see a sample Picture Study Aid here!) is the following:

  • a brief story from the life of French, Rococo painter, Antoine Watteau (1684-1721).
  • key topics for seven of his works (see right).
  • resources for additional reading can be found in the Living Art Book Archive.
  • printable versions of the pieces covered in the PDF version.
  • a brief discussion about Charlotte Mason’s ideas and methods for implementing picture study at different ages is also included.
  • the printed book is saddle-stitched with high-quality, 100-lb., smooth paper and full color.

There is also an option to order separate, professionally-printed copies of each piece for use during your picture study time in the drop-down menu below as well. These are printed on durable cardstock with a smooth finish on 8.5×11-inch, acid-free paper and display beautifully. The prints do not include the Picture Study Aid PDF download – this is a separate purchase.

The pieces discussed are:

  • The Portal of Valenciennes (ca. 1710-1711)
  • Savoyard with a Marmot (1716)
  • The Embarkation for Cythera (or Pilgrimage to Cythera – 1717)*
  • The Scale of Love (ca. 1717)
  • Mezzetin (ca. 1718-1720)
  • Pierrot (or Gilles) ca. 1718-1719
  • l’Enseigne de Gersaint (1720)*

(*There is a minor amount of nudity in statue form in “The Embarkation for Cythera” and in a few of the paintings on the walls in “l’Enseigne de Gersaint.”)

Antoine Watteau was only 36 years old when he died in the early part of the 18th century, yet in the short amount of time he was alive, he became a master of one of the most popular art movements in history; one that, among other things, epitomized an entire era of the French elite. Though somewhat more subtle than prior art movements in the Baroque period, the Rococo style is still flamboyant and outrageous, decadent and lavish, and offers a glimpse of court life during the early 18th century. Watteau, considered one of the leaders of this style, so awed his contemporaries with his skills that the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture created an entirely new category for the painting he chose to submit for acceptance into the Academy: the fête-galante (or “courtship party”).

Watteau was quite prolific during his short life, and we have many images from which to choose that represent not only the style of the period but also his personal preferences in subject matter. These range anywhere from his signature fête-galante, to political commentary on war in his hometown and portraits of migrant workers.

The intention of this Picture Study Aid is to equip the home educator with some basic facts and understanding of a sampling of the work of Antoine Watteau. It is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis or study of each piece or a complete biography of the artist.

About picture study, Ms. Mason recommended keeping learning as simple as possible, especially in the younger years, and put extra emphasis on the images by themselves.

There is no talk about schools of painting, little about style; consideration of these matters comes in later life, the first and most important thing is to know the pictures themselves. As in a worthy book we leave the author to tell his own tale, so do we trust a picture to tell its tale through the medium the artist gave it. In the region of art as else-where we shut out the middleman. (vol 6 pg 216)

Definite teaching is out of the question; suitable ideas are easily given, and a thoughtful love of Art inspired by simple natural talk over the picture at which the child is looking. (PR Article “Picture Talks”)

…we begin now to understand that art is not to be approached by such an acadamised road. It is of the spirit, and in ways of the spirit must we make our attempt. We recognise that the power of appreciating art and of producing to some extent an interpretation of what one sees is as universal as intelligence, imagination, nay, speech, the power of producing words. But there must be knowledge and, in the first place, not the technical knowledge of how to produce, but some reverent knowledge of what has been produced; that is, children should learn pictures, line by line, group by group, by reading, not books, but pictures themselves. A friendly picture-dealer supplies us with half a dozen beautiful little reproductions of the work of some single artist, term by term. After a short story of the artist’s life and a few sympathetic words about his trees or his skies, his river-paths or his figures, the little pictures are studied one at a time; that is, children learn, not merely to see a picture but to look at it, taking in every detail.” (vol 6 pg 214)

This Picture Study Aid is meant to offer basic information about the artists as well as ready answers should your student ask about a particular aspect of a piece and the explanation isn’t readily evident. Ms. Mason emphasized not focusing on strict academic discourse when doing picture study, but rather simply exposing students to the art itself:

His education should furnish him with whole galleries of mental pictures, pictures by great artists old and new;––…––in fact, every child should leave school with at least a couple of hundred pictures by great masters hanging permanently in the halls of his imagination, to say nothing of great buildings, sculpture, beauty of form and colour in things he sees. Perhaps we might secure at least a hundred lovely landscapes too,––sunsets, cloudscapes, starlight nights. At any rate he should go forth well furnished because imagination has the property of magical expansion, the more it holds the more it will hold. (vol 6 pg 43)

11 reviews for Antoine Watteau Picture Study Aid and Art Prints

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  1. Watteau is an unknown artist to me and I can’t wait to study him with my high school aged children!

  2. This will pair well with our history studies in the 1700s. Thank you!

  3. Love these studies! Use them every year for our homeschool group ?

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