Late Baroque, Rococo
Late Baroque, Rococo and Neo-Classic
(end 17th-early 19th c.)
About 1720 the Rococo style developed out of late Baroque and assumed a position of dominance in the 1st half of the 18th c., but slowly waned in the 2nd half when the spread of Neo-Classicism became of paramount importance. Rococo art was less imposing and formal and provided a more intimate record of nature, places and people. In France new heights were reached in portrait painting and the daily life of the salons became a favourite subject for genre painting.