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Morning toilet

Painting, 1717, 45.2×37.8 cm

Description of the artwork «Morning toilet»

The Rococo art is often scolded for his intimate and voyeuristic in nature. Called "boudoir painting" – who are dismissive (if not existed Giorgione and Titianwith them naked), and who with undisguised admiration. In the XVIII century in the same genre particularly famous Francois Boucherand Jean-Honore Fragonard. But they were not the ancestors of "boudoir painting" Rococo. It is believed that it began with the paintings of Antoine Watteau "Toilet".

The attitude of the court to the depiction of Nudes was ambivalent. Mythological subjects, where Jupiter himself commanded to write the Nude, the artist disliked and wrote infrequently ("The Judgment Of Paris", "The Seduction Of Antiope", "Bathing Diana"). Apparently frivolous nature of the images was contrary to some inner ethical stance Watteau. At least we know that some of his erotic paintings he bequeathed after his death to burn.

The painting "the toilet" this Cup has passed: now it is kept in the London Wallace Collection.

The small size and intimate character work we see sitting on the bed naked. She takes off her white shirt, turning to the viewer's left side, thigh and armpit and it's like slow, stop in this difficult but faultlessly rendered view. The maid behind ready to change clothes, but the heroine is not in a hurry. It gives the viewer time to enjoy her nakedness. A technique which uses Watteau, building the composition of the painting, with the advent of cinema has been called "approximate frame".

Woman with pattern a little similar to the ancient ideal of beauty. Her body is less muscular, but more soft and rounded, although not as much as beauty beloved Watteau Peter Paul Rubens. But the heroine's face is very characteristic of Watteau and the French in General for "gallant century" type: it is round, with chubby cheeks and a blush, with usernam nose and tiny mouth. And she's blonde. From her body and hair emanates a warm Golden glow. Critics believe that it makes the film exciting erotic sound.

In the history of the study of the painting "the toilet" there are funny moments. From Watteau accepted everywhere seek and find the ambiguity and mystique. It is believed that they were his "brand" or trademark. But where to Lodge the mystery in the painting to which, with disarming frankness all put up "for sale" or, say neutrals (we do not educator Diderot castigated frivolity), – to the court audience? Then the typical ambiguity of Watteau, some began to see that, say, absolutely do not understand the heroine dresses or undresses, or clothes dropped clothes. That's really a duality, so duality is indeed a subtle semantic difference. Which, however, not to any fundamental change in the meaning of the picture does not.

Author: Anna Yesterday
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Nude, Genre scene

Style of art: Rococo

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1717

Size: 45.2×37.8 cm

Artwork in selections: 10 selections

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