The Rococo art period emerged in France in the early 18th century and was characterized by a lighthearted and ornate style that emphasized the pleasures of life. Rococo art emphasized asymmetry, curves, and intricate ornamentation, with an emphasis on pastel colors and the use of natural motifs such as flowers and shells. The Rococo period was marked by a fascination with love, romance, and pleasure-seeking, and it often featured aristocratic subjects dressed in luxurious clothing engaging in leisurely activities.Some of the most notable Rococo artists include Jean-Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Rococo art spread throughout Europe, becoming particularly popular in Austria and Germany. The period came to an end with the rise of the neoclassical style in the late 18th century, which emphasized simplicity, order, and reason over the excesses of the Rococo style.