FC: Jean-Honore Fragonard | 1732-1806 | - French Historic Painter - Rococo Era = Europe, 1754 to 1774. Usually associated with reign of King Louis XV. - Soft, light colors and natural, carefree scenes.
1: Biography | - Born in Grasse, France and moved to Paris at age 6. - Studied under Boucher and won Prix de Rome in 1752, which began his career. - Came back to Paris in 1759 after scholarship had ended. Painter for Louis XVI and mistress Mme du Barry. - Success with Mme du Barry and other clients led him to begin to paint Neoclassical works. - Married in 1769; began to paint families. - French Revolution begins in 1789.
2: The Swing 1766 | - Prime example of Rococcan period because it shows a carefree life with grace and delicate colors. - Success because of scandal. - Details are simple, yet organized.
3: - One of many portraits of young girls in solitude by Fragonard. - Painted very quickly with brisk strokes. - Unblended, bold colors such as the gold and magenta. | A Young Girl Reading | 1776
4: The Meeting 1771-1773 | - One of the paintings done for Madame du Barry. - Theme of paintings was "Love in Progress." - Imaginary landscape, aristocratic dress. - She disliked the paintings but still paid him, he wouldn't take it.
5: His works deal much with the lightness of the brush, and also with using the brush to do other things, such as the details on the collar in "A Young Girl Reading." Like any artist, he put his heart and soul into his work, and tried many different types of painting -- landscape, single people, families, romantic settings. | "Fine art is that which the hand, the head and the heart go together." (Ruskind)