Artfinder is all about increasing your access to great art, from wherever you may be in the world. We recently partnered with the Wallace Collection to bring you some of their great art with a free iPad App celebrating the very talented French artist Jean-Antoine Watteau.
The App explores the 18th-century artist’s recent exhibition ‘Esprit et Vérité: Watteau and His Circle‘ which was held at the Wallace and it allows you to experience all the works in the exhibition from the palm of your hand. If you were fortunate enough to catch the exhibition when it was on, then this App makes an excellent souvenir. If you didn’t catch it then you don’t have to miss out, because you can now get free access to all the works from the comfort of your iPad.
Watteau is perhaps best known for his invention of the fête galante painting style that incorporates pastoral scenery with people in contemporary costumes and characters from famous French and Italian comedies. Watteau was also celebrated for his revitalization of Baroque and contribution to the development of Rococo.
Unfortunately, Watteau died at a young age from tuberculosis whilst he was at the height of his artistic success and ‘Esprit et Vérité: Watteau and His Circle’ offers a great example of why Watteau’s influence on the world of film, costume, poetry, music and art was more substantial than that of almost any other eighteenth century artist despite his short career.
We are very excited to be working with the Wallace Collection to bring you the works of such a significant artist; Artfinder co-founder Chris Thorpe puts it best when he says:
“[Watteau's] art and this beautiful device and screen are just made for each other [...] It retains what’s wonderful about traditional art catalogues and monographs but with added social features, updateability and interactivity.”
The App is now available from the iTunes App store: