"DANCE, KISS WHO YOU WISH" Parties and pleasures in the time of Madame de Pompadour at Louvre-Lens
This exhibition pays tribute to the genre of the "Fête galante", popularised by Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), which experienced undeniable success across France and Europe throughout the Enlightenment.
Responding to a thirst for freedom and the relaxation of morals during the Régence period, this theme proclaimed the joy of living, the delights of love, the alchemy of feelings and the need to see and be seen.
Tribute to the genre of the "Fête galante"
In the wake of Watteau, the genre of the "Fête galante" was adopted by his pupil Jean-Baptiste Pater, and also by his followers Nicolas Lancret, Bonaventure de Bar and Pierre-Antoine Quillard.
In turn, other masters suggested their own variations: the pastoral work of François Boucher, the melancholy of Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and the gently sentimental of Louis-Joseph Watteau de Lille.
The theme also produced an exceptional glut of work from the porcelain manufactories, especially Sèvres. From Meissen to Venice, it enjoyed undeniable success across Europe.
Painters such as Dietrich, Troost and Gainsborough, sculptors, including Ferdinand Tietz and Giovanni Bonazza worked at every opportunity in painting, drawing and sculpture, on these pleasant themes, celebrating shared emotions. The Applied Arts also captured the theme and considerably multiplied its output, paying homage to both French taste and the joy of living.
Musée du Louvre-Lens
99 Rue Paul Bert
Admission fees and rates
- Ticket price : 9€
- Concession price : 8€