An eighteenth century art style which placed emphasis on portraying the carefree life of the aristocracy rather than on grand heroes or pious martyrs
Love and romance were considered to be better subjects for art than historical or religious subjects
The style was characterized by a free, graceful movement; a playful use of line; and delicate colors
Genre painting came back into favor when the Academy admitted Watteau to its ranks in 1717 on the presentation of this work, the subject of which was so novel that the term "fête galante" was coined to describe it
The French Rococo exteriors was most often simple, or even plain, but Rococo exuberance took over interiors (designed as lively total works of art – alternating gilded moldings, vivacious relief sculptures, & daintily colored ornament of flowers & garlands- must have harmonized with the chamber music played in them, with elaborate costumes of satin & brocade, & with equally elegant etiquette & sparkling wit of the people who graced them.