The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was born on April 4, 1732 in France.  He was a painter and printmaker of the rococo era, and so not surprisingly his vibrant work throbbed with a whimsical, erotic tone.

The Swing, perhaps Fragonard’s most well-known and beloved masterpiece, is considered one of the greatest triumphs of rococo art.  It depicts a young man smitten by a lady being pushed on a swing by her husband.  The vibes this painting emits are wholly rococo: lighthearted, spirited, and seeping with color as well as eroticism.

Below are shown Blindman’s Buff and The Reader.




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