Item #: 11721580A
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16.5" x 20" without border
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The Swing (oil on canvas), Fragonard, Jean-Honore (1732-1806) (after) / Musee Lambinet, Versailles, France / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library
This giclée print offers beautiful color accuracy on a high-quality paper (235 gsm) that is a great option for framing with its smooth, acid free surface. Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed onto the paper’s surface creating natural color transitions.
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Saucy and erotic, “The Swing” by Jean-Honoré Fragonard seduced its way to become his most famous work. Technically masterful and titillatingly scandalous, the painting was an immediate success. The voyeuristic work shows a woman coyly displaying herself to a man who gazes raptly up her skirts. The painting is said to have been commissioned by an aristocrat who was unaware that while he was pushing his mistress on a swing, her lover was sequestered in nearby rosebushes. Although the work flaunts a graphic explicitness, it epitomizes Fragonard’s (1732 – 1806) Rococo style in its wit, exuberance and resplendent textures.
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 – 1806) is often associated with images of frivolity, but he was also an enormously gifted Rococo painter. Fragonard created religious subjects, historical and mythological themes, breathtaking landscapes, portraits and intimate scenes exhibiting a keen sense of human folly. He earned an associate academy membership at the esteemed Salon, but opted out of a career in history painting. Instead, Fragonard chose to paint polished, lighthearted, erotic scenes for private clients, including members of the court. After his marriage, he concentrated on painting scenes of family groups. Fragonard's work is displayed in many respected museums, including Paris’ Louvre and New York’s Metropolitan Museum.
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