rococo style initiative was passed to Paris. The style began with Antoine Watteau gentle and graceful melancholic paintings. Later the style culminated the playful nudes of Boucher and later ended with Fragonard’s freely painted genre scenes. In addition to the light aspect of rococo art, the paintings were also characterized by sensuous coloring, delicate but rich bush work, lighthearted treatment of courtship themes, and a light tonal key. Rococo sculpture was notable due to its varied surface effects, intimate scale, andnaturalism. In the 1730s, the Rococo style spread from France to German-speaking nations. Here, the style was adjusted to a classic art of religious architecture. These Catholic lands combined their fantasy with French style and elegance. There are various examples of elegant Rococo designs outside the French region. These examples include the Munich and the Residenztheater. The essence of rococo interior design has two sides of folds. In the first form, the style is almost flat unlike in Baroque styles where it is on high relief. In the second fold, the architecturalcharacteristics are eliminated, and the designer is offered a smooth surface, with the chimneypiece and window recesses as interruptions. In a typical rococo style of decoration uses tall wooden panels are displayed in a room, with low relief gilded and carved motifs. In rococo paintings, the dark and heroic subjects of the baroque style were transformed into delicate movements and love subjects (Fausch, 2001). The style began to decline after critics denounced it as a symbol of the corrupt society, frivolous, and tasteless. The style was then supplanted by neoclassicism.
NEOCLASSICISM AND ROCOCO 7Rococo and Revolution The visual arts and paintings of Rococo were a reflection of the French Revolution to come. A split between male and female characterized the 18thcentury. There was an opposition between middle-class genre paintings and Rococo. Rococo reflected a sight of carefully maintained furniture and shimmering silk gowns. The depictions of Jean-Antoine helps one understand how the people rioted in tattered clothes for revolutions. Klaus Carl and Victoria Charles pointed out that Rococo was a new art style reproaching the monarchy in France and wasviewed as a prelude to Neoclassicism. They saw the frivolous ceremonies as a natural reaction against French Monarchy. Rococo gave rise to a desire for open expression and freer life. Rococo art allowed for a change in ideals as seen in the artistic representations, decoration, and architecture. The Rococo style is dualistic; public and accessible, and private and aristocratic. Aristocratic Rococo style represented the privileged elite's aimless life, lacked a sense of humor, and had no respect for the state or the church. Rococo had its own type of brushwork and aimed at rejecting Baroque and pleasing the wealthy with its witty eroticism. The world of Rococo was envisioned as a court (Moreno, 2014). Rococo artists were able to express their mind and ideas.