- noting or pertaining to a style of painting developed simultaneously with the rococo in architecture and decoration, characterized chiefly by smallness of scale, delicacy of color, freedom of brushwork, and the selection of playful subjects as thematic material.
- designating a corresponding style of sculpture, chiefly characterized by diminutiveness of Baroque forms and playfulness of theme.
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Origin of rococo
Examples from the Web for rococo
This chicken features a thin, abundant crust with so many facets and angles you want to call it rococo.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken|Jane & Michael Stern|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The bar drips with rococo flourishes, from the ornate marble fireplace to the lavish gilded mirror.Where to Fall in Love—or Just Get Drunk—on Valentine’s Day|Condé Nast Traveler|February 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sascha Hertli, chief executive of Rococo Dessous, discovered the missing sparkle while a consultant in oil-rich Qatar.
But in Russia, the Rococo Dessous customer generally is a man.
That said, Dickens' genius for the creation of comic characters is worked almost to rococo excess in this novel.
No local school of Italian rococo ever produced more extravagant absurdities.
This system was practised later, with the addition of carving in low relief, the ornament having developed a rococo character.History of the Fan|George Woolliscroft Rhead
It is still lotus-eating, only you sit down at table, and the lotuses are served up on rococo china.Roderick Hudson|Henry James
Silver tongs in the rococo style, made by Jacob Hurd, of Boston, about 1750.
A marriage is taking place in the sacristy of a rococo church in Madrid.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 3 (of 4)|Richard Muther
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Word Origin for rococo
1836, "old-fashioned," from French rococo (19c.), apparently a humorous alteration of rocaille "shellwork, pebble-work" from Middle French roche "rock," from Vulgar Latin *rocca "stone." Specifically of furniture or architecture of the time of Louis Quatorze and Louis Quinze, from 1841. If this is correct, the reference is to the excessive use of shell designs in this lavish style. For differentiation, see baroque. The general sense of "tastelessly florid or ornate" is from 1844.
Much of the painting, engraving, porcelain-work, etc., of the time has ... a real decorative charm, though not of a very high order in art. Hence rococo is used attributively in contempt to note anything feebly pretentious and tasteless in art or literature. [Century Dictionary, 1902]