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Rococo

A style of design, painting, and architecture dominating the 18th century, often considered the last stage of the Baroque. Developing in the Paris townhouses of the French aristocracy at the turn of the 18th century, Rococo was elegant and ornately decorative, its mood lighthearted and witty. Louis XV furniture, richly decorated with organic forms, is a typical product. Leading exponents of the Rococo style included the French painter Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) and Jean-Honor Fragonard (1732-1806), and the German architect Johann Balthasar Neumann (1687-1753). Rococo seems to in many ways have been inspired by the contacts with China and is on the whole connected to Famille Rose. Rococo gave way to Neo-classicism.

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