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Jean-Honore Fragonard



Jean-Honore Fragonard

(b Grasse, 4 April 1732; d Paris, 22 Aug 1806).

 Painter, draughtsman, printmaker and museum official.

He was the only child of François Fragonard (1699–1781) and Françoise Petit, who both came from families of shopkeepers and glove-makers in Grasse. In 1738 the family moved to Paris, where, on the advice of François Boucher, Fragonard spent some time as a pupil of Jean-Siméon Chardin. He entered Boucher’s own studio c. 1749 and probably remained there for about a year. Boucher was then at the height of his fame, and Fragonard doubtless assisted the overworked master on important commissions, such as large tapestry designs. He also made numerous copies after paintings by Boucher, such as Hercules and Omphale (untraced; C L62), and by Rembrandt, such as Girl with Broom (untraced; C L19). In 1752 Fragonard entered the competition for the Prix de Rome, relying on Boucher’s influence to overcome the stipulation that all candidates had to be pupils at the Académie Royale. His winning entry, Jeroboam Sacrificing to the Idols (Paris, Ecole N. Sup. B.-A.), in fact shows little of Boucher’s teaching but is rather painted in the grand manner of Carle Vanloo, whose influence can be seen in the colouring, the geometrical composition and the concern for expressive detail at this moment of high drama.



A Young Girl Reading

c. 1776
Oil on canvas, 82 x 65 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington


The Souvenir

Oil on panel, 25 x 19 cm
Wallace Collection, London


The Bathers

Oil on canvas, 64 x 80 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Adoration of the Shepherds

c. 1775
Oil on canvas, 73 x 93 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


A Young Scholar

Oil on canvas, 45 x 38 cm
Wallace Collection, London


The Bolt

c. 1778
Oil on canvas, 73 x 93 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Love Letter

Oil on canvas, 83,2 X 67 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


The Fountain of Love

Oil on canvas, 64 x 51 cm
Wallace Collection, London


The Stolen Kiss

Oil on canvas
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
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