1 of a hat; shallow-crowned and having a wide brim turned up at the back to hold flower trimmings
2. of women's dress; having back pleats falling loosely from neckline to hem
(1684-1721) French Rococo painter. He developed a new category of genre painting known as the fęte galante: fanciful scenes depicting elegantly dressed young people engaged in outdoor entertainment. One of these pictures, The Embarkation for Cythera 1717 (Louvre, Paris), won him membership in the French Academy.
Watteau was born in Valenciennes. At first inspired by Flemish genre painters, he produced tavern and military scenes. His early years in Paris, from 1702, introduced him to fashionable French paintings and in particular to decorative styles and theatrical design. He was also influenced by Giorgione and Rubens.