The eighteenth-century in France and England was a time of great changes, The middle class grew richer and stronger, The printing press meant that many more people were literate, While the aristocracy promoted an opulent art style in France, the English were exploring the idea of liberty in art, landscape and society, Painters such as Watteau and Fragonard in France emphasized love and sex. In England, painters such as Gainsborough and Hogarth painted portraits that both romanticized and satirized the aristocracy.


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