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Rococo Revival


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A renewed interest among artists, writers, and collectors between c.1820 and 1870 in Europe (mainly France) and America in the Rococo style in painting, the decorative arts, architecture, and sculpture. Artists who rediscovered aspects of the Rococo, such as its frivolity and grace, ranged from Delacroix, R. P. Bonington, and Paul Huet to Franz Xaver Winterhalter. The Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, was an important patron of the Revival, both in the fields of furniture and sculpture. 19th-century taste for the Rococo was summed up in the Goncourt brothers' L'Art du XVIIIe siècle published in Paris in three volumes (1881–4).

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