Baroque and Rococo

 

Baroque and Rococo Art Map



 


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

1775-78
Oil on panel, 25 x 19 cm
Wallace Collection, London

 


The Bathers

1772-75
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

1775-78
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

1770s
Oil on canvas, 83,2 X 67 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


 

The Fountain of Love

1785
Oil on canvas, 64 x 51 cm
Wallace Collection, London


 

The Stolen Kiss

1787-89
Oil on canvas
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
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