East meets West
HOMAGE TO WATTEAU
(Valenciennes 1684- Nogent sur Marne 1721)
HAND DECORATED BONSAI POT FOR COLLECTION
(three pots with different images were made: two are in possession of collectors)
Certre' S.a.s. di Mario Remeggio & C. have made three hand decorated pots in homage to the great french artist Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721).
The three pots have the same dimensions, but different images.
Two pots are in possession of collectors.
Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) is surely the most brilliant and innovative painter of the early eighteenth century in France. He is the one who started the rococo painting, which dominated the artistic scene for around a century, and not only in France.
He probably started painting rather early, but he only entered the French Academy in 1717, at the age of 33. As admission test he presented the painting “Sailing for Citera”, which surely remains his most famous work. He died very prematurely, aged only 37.
Watteau is considered to be the inventor of the so-called “gallant feasts”. Men and women move with a flattering courting attitude in gardens or woods, with a very picturesque description of nature (which is luxuriant, not confined within geometrical schemes and often with fragments of ancient ruins).
The protagonists are mainly actors and mask-characters from the Italian Comedy. In his paintings there is often a prevailing melancholy.
Most important in Watteau’s art is his style, which takes and renews the Venetian tonalism, as well as the colour experiences of the Dutch (Rembrandt) and the Spanish (El Greco and Velazquez).
In his painting the touch is always obvious, so much so that his works are the highest homage to the artifice of painting, which is not a bare imitation of reality, but it means to be able to re-create with the artifice of technique and skill the sensation of reality, without ever losing its appearance of painted image.
With Watteau a new painting season started, but it was not up to its creator.
During the rococo of the eighteenth century the manner of its painting and its subjects changed in the course of time, thus losing the highly poetical charm that Watteau’s paintings convey to the observer. Not before the nineteenth century, the Renaissance in particular, the true greatness of this painter has been really understood.
Features of pot for collection
Design Studio Certrè
Painter Antonio Carlesso
My Special thanks to Mario Remeggio who gave me friendly way the approval to make this article here.
Lyrical Editor: Heike van Gunst