No Fear o' Eras

The Rococo

The idea behind No Fear o' Eras is to discover what makes up the style of certain artistic eras. Explore the three examples below to see if you can find what makes them all fit into this era.

If this is your first time doing No Fear o' Eras, read the instructions.

The Paintings

Madame Bergeret
François Boucher
French, 1703 - 1770

Italian Comedians
Antoine Watteau
French, 1684 - 1721

The Love Letter
François Boucher
French, 1703 - 1770


  1. What kind of people are the subjects of the paintings?
  2. How plain or cluttered would you say the paintings are?
  3. Is the focus more on peak experiences or everyday life?
  4. Which elements of design stand out the most?
  5. How much skill would it take to create paintings like these?

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Internet Resources

More about the style & artists

The Dizzying Grandeur of ROCOCO
Tour the Palace of Versailles

Sampling more examples

Webmuseum's pages on Watteau, Boucher & Fragonard
French Ministry of Culture's "Paintings of Light-heartedness"

Historical or cultural issues

The Regency
The French Revolution
A Foretaste of Paradise: Two Bavarian churches.
Historical background of the Enlightenment

Current versions

Top 15 luxury items at Harrods
50 Most Beautiful People of 2003
The British Monarchy

Coming to an Opinion

Now that you have studied the three paintings by looking, questioning, and exploring related Internet resources, it's time to show what you've discovered. Fill in the fields below, then click the "I Fear No Eras" button to post your page. Print out, present, and discuss your ideas with other art historians.

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    What are the Three main things artworks of this era have in common?
    (Would you like some tips or to see the feedback rubric?)


First Posted December 1995
Last revised February, 2014
Created by Tom March, tom at ozline dot com