Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Kickin' it old school, part 3

Rococo art is one of my favorite eras in art. I've referred back to it again and again over the years.

There's something magical in it. It was a time of leisure, flamboyance, indulgences, pleasure, and super delicious color palettes. You heard me. Super delicious color palettes!

Everything looks so soft and light, like whipped cream. And easter eggs! Lots of texture and pastels juxtapozed against neutrals. Lastly, don't forget some of the dramatic composition and incredible detail!

Marie Antoinette, Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun.

Marriage (part of a series), William Hogarth.

Cephale et Procris, Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

The Swing, Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

Miss Graham, Thomas Gainsborough.

Diana and Endymion, Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

Some of my favorite creatives have been inspired and made tribute to Rococo: Mark Ryden, Ray Caesar, and Sofia Coppola (see Marie Antoinette).

This style wasn't only found in paintings, the ridiculousness carried into architecture, interior design, and household goods as well!

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