Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French pronunciation: [ʒã onoʀe fʀaɡoˈnɑʀ]; 5 April 17322 – 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 Regime, 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.

Young women playing with a dog 1765-72 – Oil on canvas, 70 x 87 cm – Fondation Cailleux, Paris

A Young Girl Reading, or The Reader – c. 1776 – Oil-on-canvas, 81.1 cm × 64.8 cm – National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States

The Love Letter – ca. 1770 – 83.2 x 67 cm – Oil on canvas – The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.49)

The Stolen Kiss – Late 1780s – Oil on canvas – 45 × 55 cm – Hermitage Museum of Saint-Petersburg

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