A fake Italian word based off of the French rocaille--applies to a decorative trend based on the little curved line.
Goes on to describe the mindset of the time--a little fluff. Pretty, frilly, insubstantial.
1908 Catholic Encyclopedia: Rococo: effeminacy, softness and caprice attitudinized
the key word of the Rococo period--artifice reigns supreme. Nothing genuine or lasting. (feminizing)
--Rococo artist --Use of pastels, absence of deep shadow --boundaries between reality and imaginary are very thin --invented the genre "fetes galantes"
Galant parties--in other words, aristocratic visions of light, airy, beautiful party scenes which have nothing at all to do with anything real.
--Rococo artist --very soft and delicate while sensuous and erotic --French peasants look clean and pretty and perfumed--not at all like reality. It's a delusional style that the aristocrats actually believed was real