In the Rococo era, Antoine Vatto created his artistic masterpieces. It was a wonderful French painter, mysterious and original. He wrote truly unique works, far from the style of an academic school.
One of these famous paintings is the “embarrassing offer.” The author himself left canvases without names and dates. This later name of his creation reflects the artistic content in the best way possible.
Time to create a picture presumably 1715-1716. The first impression of her is the harmony of the composition. The backdrop is a beautiful landscape: grass, trees and a cloudy sky. But this natural calm is disturbed by the gentlemen resting here. Expensive dressed ladies and men spend their leisure time in the park.
The genre picture includes 5 characters with their unique external features, occupations, gestures and emotions. First of all, the view is attracted by the steam located in the center of the canvas. The girl stands half turn, clinging to the hem of a long dress, as if about to leave. Next to her – a young man with a gesture trying to keep her. Marquis seems annoyed and offended. One can only guess what the quarrel of these people was.
Behind the two standing characters, two girls and a man peacefully rest in a clearing under the trees. The ladies are talking about something, one of them casually playing the guitar. The young gentleman in a red coat straightened his gaze through them at the outraged couple. A mischievous smile on his face indicates that he is aware of the imminent outcome of the ongoing quarrel.
The expressiveness of the characters of the characters speaks of the great skill of Watteau. He masterfully depicted a sketch from the life of the 18th century with his special experiences of the heroes, while devoid of theatrical pathos. The “embarrassing proposal” is now in the Hermitage.