Rococo: A Symbol of Wealth

Chloe Bean, Amanda Horton, College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N University Dr, Edmond, OK 73034.

Rococo emerged in 18th century France shortly after the Baroque period and spread to other parts of Europe such as Germany. The interest in this movement sparked after King Louis XIV’s reign who advocated Baroque style, as seen in the Palace of Versailles. To counter royalty, the movement was created by the aristocrats and focused on aristocratic pastimes. The French aristocracy had a majority of the wealth in France which resulted in a large amount of leisure time. Color was an influential aspect of the composition of pieces from Rococo and set it apart from the dark colors of Baroque. Rococo served as a secular antidote to the religion-oriented Baroque but both movements were fueled by wealth. Rococo’s main purpose was to serve as a symbol of wealth, as seen in Frederick II of Prussia’s Sanssouci Palace. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Chloe Bean

Institution: University of Central Oklahoma

Type: Poster

Subject: Art History & Visual Arts

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 1
Date/Time: Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 2102