October birthdays 1

Watteau and Boccioni. Different times, different styles. They surely have one thing in common: they were both born in October.

They are introduced by Lili Szilágyi, 8/b.

Umberto Boccioni (19 October 1882 - 17 August 1916) was an influential Italian painter and sculptor. He helped shape the revolutionary aesthetic of Futurism as one of its principal figures. Despite his short life, his approach to the dynamism of form and the deconstruction of solid mass guided artists long after his death. His works are held by many public art museums, and in 1988 the Museum of Modern Art in New York organized a major retrospective of 100 pieces.

Some of his famous paintings:
Three Women, 1910 - Umberto Boccioni  Three Women, 1910                      
The Morning, 1909 - Umberto Boccioni  The Morning, 1909
The City Rises, 1910 - Umberto Boccioni The City Rises, 1910

Jean Antoine Watteau (10 October 1684 - 18 July 1721). A French rococo artist whose charming and graceful paintings show his interest in theater and ballet, Antoine Watteau is probably best known for his 'fetes galantes'. These romantic and idealized scenes depict elaborately costumed ladies and gentlemen at play in fanciful outdoor settings.

Jean-Antoine Watteau was born on Oct. 10, 1684, in Valenciennes, France. In 1702 he traveled to Paris, where he supported himself by turning out religious pictures and copying the works of popular Dutch artists. 

   Watteau in the last year of his life, by Rosalba Carriera, 1721.