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Part 6:  Rococo! Watteau, Boucher, Chardin and French painting under Louis XV
 
2   October – Gallery – Antoine Watteau.
9   October – Gallery – Boucher and Chardin.
16 October – Musée du Louvre –Watteau, Boucher and the masters of the fête galante.
Meet by information desk beneath Pyramid with ticket in hand at 10:15 am. Métro: Palais-Royal Louvre.
23 October – Musée du Louvre – Chardin and 18th century portraitists.
Meet by information desk beneath Pyramid with ticket in hand at 10:15 am. Métro: Palais-Royal Louvre.
 
Bibliography:
Levey, Michael Art and architecture in France 1700-1800, Pelican History of Art, Penguin.
Or: Levey, Michael  Rococo to Revolution, Thames & Hudson.
 
Historical chronology:
Last years of the reign of Louis XIV
1700 - Philippe d'Anjou, grandson of Louis XIV becomes king of Spain.
1701-14 - War of the Spanish Succession between France and the Hapsburgs.
1711 - Death of the Grand Dauphin heir to the throne.
1715 - Death of Louis XIV. His five-year old great-grandson Louis XV becomes king.
The Regency
1715 - Philippe d'Orléans the king's cousin is proclaimed Regent. The young king and the court leave Versailles for the Tuileries palace in Paris.
1718 - John Law creates the bank of France and a stock exchange.
1720 - Resounding bankruptsy of new bank and stocks.
1723 - Majority of the King. Death of Regent.

 
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