Δευτέρα, 31 Οκτωβρίου 2011

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806)





As charming and witty as his paintings, Jean-Honoré Fragonard was one of the most prolific artists of his time, producing more than 550 works during his career.
 Serving as an apprentice to Chardin and Boucher, two of the premier Rococo artists he won the Prix de Rome and attended the French Academy. Fragonard's work came with a high pedigree and prestige and as one of the last artists of the Rococo, his name is almost synonymous with this frivolous, erotic, and decadent movement.
 Reputedly one of the most prolific painters of the 18th century, if not of all time, Fragonard had a feverish output of varied subject matter. From portraits to scenes of pastoral, erotic, or domestic appeal he covered a wide range of themes.
Fragonard's work is easily recognizable due to the lightness and frivolity of the subject matter, the deft touch of the brushwork, and the soft, carefree lighting schemes.
Leading the same charmed life depicted in his paintings of the aristocracy in pre-Revolutionary France, Jean-Honoré Fragonard's name is synonymous with the French Rococo. Focusing on frivolity and the transient nature of beauty and pleasure, the Rococo under Fragonard is a perfectly preserved era.
 Achieving commercial success for much of his life, with no shortage of A-list patrons, Fragonard's career was sadly put on hold by the Revolution. One of the most prolific painters of all time, his work remains a testament to the hedonistic legacy of the ancién-regime.



                                                                     a young girl reading



                                                                    the stolen kiss



                                                                       the love letter



                                                                        interior scene



                                             Psyche showing her sisters her gifts from Cupid



                                                                             the bolt



                                                                      a young scholar



                                                                        music lesson



                                                  Jeroboam offering sacrifice to the idol



source : http://www.artble.com/artists/jean-honore_fragonard
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/frag/hd_frag.htm
http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/his/CoreArt/art/ancien_frag.html
http://www.nga.gov/cgi-bin/tsearch?oldartistid=10850


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