Rococo is an artistic movement and style, affecting many aspects including painting, sculpture, architecture, interior design, decoration, literature,
music, and theater. It originated in Paris in the early 18th century as a reaction against the strict regulations of the Baroque and was soon adopted throughout France and later in other countries, principally Germany and Austria.
The characteristics of this time period are:
- a preference for light (ivory white) and pastel colors
- elaborate, organic patterns
- elaborate decoration—gold was especially prominent, adding a level of luxury to the pastel colors
- use of curves and swirls based on the shapes of the “C” and the “S” mimicking shells, rocks, and stylized acanthus leaves
- use of asymmetry along with symmetry—things became less controlled