The Genre

Idealized landscapes, in which young couples in love are shown relaxing in the outdoors, were a popular genre, often called the “fĂȘte galante.” The characters are often imaginary, such as shepherds and shepherdesses, but they resemble nobles in the elegance of their bodies, gestures, clothing, and hairstyles. In addition, the painting often tells a romantic story that the spectator must guess.

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