The Art of Swinging According to Jean-Honoré Fragonard

For your delectation on this bright, sunny Thursday morning after the constant drip of rain over Easter.
Sarah x



Fragonard,_The_SwingThe Swing, 1767

On the 5th of April 1732, the French painter and printmaker Jean-Honoré Fragonard was born in Grasse, France. He was one of the greatest French painters in the two brilliant and productive pre-Revolution decades; although, due to his highly individual style, he was officially less recognised than, for example, his teacher, Boucher. In his work he focused mainly on large canvases with erotic themes, which he executed in an improvised Rococo manner. A very prolific painter (in his lifetime he produced over 550 paintings), after the Revolution he found himself in a very difficult position as the stern virtues of ancient Rome had become extolled again, and the fame and popularity of classical painters such as David pushed him to the margins of public interest. As a result of this, he died a poor man in 1806.

When talking of eighteenth-century erotic pictorial themes…

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8 thoughts on “The Art of Swinging According to Jean-Honoré Fragonard

  1. I love this painting Sarah ~ it brings back memories of an A level Art and Design evening course, which I took in my late thirties. I never finished the second year because my workplace offered to fund a qualification in Housing Studies. For a while I swung between the desire to follow my dreams and the necessity of earning my living and furthering my career. Thank you posting this article to bring back happy memories of art history classes, in the carefree days before I had to make that choice! 🙂

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  2. That’s a lovely image indeed. The theme of glamorous girls on swings did not escape modern soft-porn photographers either. Elmer Batters liked to pose his models on swings occasionally, and he wasn’t alone.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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