The Rococo Style applies to the art and interior decoration popular in eighteenth century France. It evolved in response to the cold trends in the prevailing era of Classicism.
The Rococo style demanded elegance and ornamentation; rooms done in the Rococo style would be full of sculptures and paintings, tapestry and mirrors, and a preponderance of "rocaille" (French for "shells").
Rococo paintings were highly decorative, as an immediate reflection of the rest of this "style", and placed an emphasis on delicate color and rounded or curved form. The Rococo artists filled their scenes with mythological themes, symbols of love, and lush landscapes.
There was some portraiture done in the Rococo period, but usually paintings were dedicated purely to the fantastic depiction of aristocrats in leisurely pursuits.
The primary artists at work during the Rococo period include Jean-Honore Fragonard, Fran�ois Boucher, Jean-Antoine Watteau and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.
The age of Rococo was immediately followed by the rise of Neoclassicism, which emphasized a less cluttered and more "pure" manner in art. It is interesting that the French aristocracy was so responsive to the Rococo, and the Neoclassic era ushered in entirely new philosophies, including those that led to the French and American Revolutions.