Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Today's birthday guy is Fragonard - could not be different that yesterday's guy.


April 05, 1732. Jean-Honoré Fragonard (5 April 1732 - 22 August 1806) was a French painter and printmaker whose late Rococo manner was distinguished by remarkable facility, exuberance, and hedonism. One of the most prolific artists active in the last decades of the Ancien Régime, Fragonard produced more than 550 paintings (not counting drawings and etchings), of which only five are dated. Among his most popular works are genre paintings conveying an atmosphere of intimacy and veiled eroticism. In this image: A man visits an exhibition of French Baroque painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard's works at CaixaForum Museum, on Thursday 09 November 2006 in Barcelona, Catalonia, northeastern Spain. The exhibition features 120 works including paintings by Fragonard, Renbrandt, Ruysdael, Tiepolo, Boucher and Grimou.

While Fragonard was primarily a figure painter, he was also a gifted landscape painter, influenced by Dutch views of the previous century, as well as by scenes in France and Italy. He made several drawings that are variations of this subject and larger that the present panel (one sheet is in the Petit Palais, Paris). He often showed light entering a relatively dark space through an arched opening. If the trees are plane trees, then he may have been inspired by an allée in the South of France.


1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I have never heard of him, but his paintings are really beautiful! Thanks for showcasing Msr. Fragonard.