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    How does melancholy underscore all the frivolity of French Rococo Art?

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    The frivolity of the French Rococo underscores the melancholy which utter frivolity inspires. When nothing of importance matters, all is absurdity. Much like the sitcom Seinfeld, life becomes meaningless, and the trivia that is left (frivolity) is all that is discussed, becomes all that there is. Do you recall that the topics of Seinfeld's shows were about nothing important? That was a deliberate choice, and it reflected the meaningless lives of the characters in the show. Similarly, when no one is willing to consider or discuss the larger issues of life, when all is fun and games, life becomes utterly meaningless. What is focused upon, when this happens to a society at large, is upon the way things look, since nothing else matters. Socially, everyone talks about everyone else, and the latest fashion - as if there were inherent meaning in such useless discussions. Those enduring things which are the heart of human existence are avoided, at least in "polite" company. The art ...

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    Discussion of the French Rococco period, and how its frivolity masks melancholy, or sadness.