|DAY 334||PROFILES IN ART|
THE THEATER IN ART
French Rococo painter Jean-Antoine Watteau was born in Valenciennes in northern France and studied art with Jacques-Albert Gérin as a teen. In 1702, he moved to Paris where he worked painting copies until taking a position as an assistant to Claude Gillot, a theater set designer and ardent admirer of commedia dell’arte, or Italian theatrical comedy.
In 1708, Watteau mentored with interior designer and decorative painter Claude Audran, who introduced him to Peter Paul Rubens’s Marie de’ Medici Cycle at the Luxembourg Palace, where Audran served as curator. ...