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
Psyche showing her sisters her gifts from Cupid
a young scholar
Jeroboam offering sacrifice to the idol
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