Daily art story: Jean-Honoré Fragonard - the synonym of the French Rococo
"If necessary, I would even paint with my bottom." -- Jean-Honoré Fragonard
Leading the same charmed life depicted in his paintings of the aristocracy in pre-Revolutionary France, Jean-Honoré Fragonard's (1732-1806) 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. (Source: Artble)
Fragonard's most notable works include The Swing and Young Girl Reading.
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing, 1767, oil on canvas
On view at the The Wallace Collection
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading, c. 1770, oil on canvas
On view at the National Gallery of Art