Jean-Antoine Watteau

Composed of 12 objects, paintings, drawings and prints, featuring regional, national and international loans, this exhibition will be presenting, for the first time in Southern California, a global vision on the different personalities and schools of Rococo. If this aesthetically pleasing genre has become one of the public’s favorite, it is almost impossible to reunite the main actors of this play under one roof, as if the rivalry between them had been passed throughout the centuries – not unlike the protagonists depicted in The Italian Comediansby Antoine Watteau, on loan from the National Gallery, Washington D.C. It is at the Timken that those masters will be presented and confronted to each other, where you will be able to contemplate and compare their similarities – and their differences. Watteau’s investigation of the commedia dell’artesubject matter represents a critical component to the exhibition’s overall narrative with his innovative combination of reality and artifice. The dialogue established between these masterpieces and those of Boucher and Fragonard, who are also represented at the Timken, surely will be interesting, as it is the first time this rare instance of the three most prominent Rococo painters will be exhibited together in San Diego.

Paired with contemporary representations by Yinka Shonibare, Chris Antemann and others, Rococo, Rivals and Revivalsis offering an unconventional spin on the typical subject matter of flirtation and seduction, common during the Rococo period, fantasized in a world where reality and artifice meet.

Timken Museum, 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego CA 92101 I U.S.A.