Antoine Watteau, the first of the artists of France, decided to reject academicism with his heroic pathos.
Before us is one of his gallant paintings. He seeks to convey to the audience the feelings and feelings of the characters. This is a sketch made by the artist in the garden, where representatives of secular society usually walked.
We see a young lady. She wears a dark elegant dress. Her head is proudly raised, and her lips are capriciously puffed up. The lady turned to her knave, and he tells her something very ingratiatingly. It becomes clear to the viewer that the lady and her cavalier are tempted
The artist was able to convey the doubts tormenting the heroine. She can not decide what is best to leave or listen to what a man wants to tell her. Watteau wanted to accurately record the reaction of a woman and her character. He tried to convey an alarm that is difficult to grasp. The artist completely poeticizes an absolutely banal episode. A shade of dreaminess and sadness is added, which is carefully hidden. But at the same time it is felt in everything.
The coloring of the painting is of undoubted interest. It is based only on gentle tones. In the figures themselves, the color is quite saturated. It is emphasized by the softness of colors that Watteau used to depict the landscape. Trees are translucent, and the silhouettes of strolling pairs are only guessed.
You can feel the rhythm of the music in the whole composition. The outline of the figures is whimsical, the soft outlines of trees with a pattern of thin woven branches, the colors sound very gently. It’s like a chord, which sounds very quiet.
Watteau deliberately uses halftones. He conveys feelings with restraint. The composition is built gracefully. Paints are put by smears. They then shine, then only flicker slightly.
The picture is incredibly lyrical. The household scene is depicted with deep lyricism.