from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Fragonard, Jean Honoré 1732-1806. French artist best known for his rococo paintings of exotic landscapes and love scenes.

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  • n. French artist whose rococo paintings typified the frivolity of life in the royal court of France in the 18th century (1732-1806)


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  • Fragonard is my favorite artist and Disney has made the best animated films of all time.

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  • Today, the family’s vaults are said still to contain artworks that Nathan bought — paintings by artists such as Fragonard, Boucher, and Chardin.

    Bitter Spoils

  • But Du Barry, who fancied herself an authority on matters of taste, didn't like Fragonard's efforts and returned them to the artist.

    The Path of 'Progress'

  • In 1915, after Morgan's death, the American industrialist Henry Clay Frick purchased all 14 works and had them installed in a specially designed room in his new Fifth Avenue mansion—the present-day "Fragonard Room" of the Frick Collection—a paradigm of Rococo style, with splendid furniture and decorative objects enhancing the suite of large canvases and decorative panels.

    The Path of 'Progress'

  • When new lighting was created for the Fragonard Room in 2007, Colin Bailey, the Frick's associate director and a specialist in 18th-century French painting, began a study of the cycle.

    The Path of 'Progress'

  • His identification of Fragonard's playfulness further supports his interpretation of the final grouping.

    The Path of 'Progress'

  • He notes how Fragonard punctuated the settings with sculptures that intensified the message—"the pervasive mood of erotic anticipation is suggested by the satyr's heads on the urn"—as well as with such details as the dog, a symbol of fidelity, at the feet of the reading couple or the still life of apples and nuts in the chase scene; "in peasant folklore, nuts were symbols of sexuality and fecundity."

    The Path of 'Progress'

  • In 1790, Fragonard and his family fled Paris for Grasse, the small southern city where he was born.

    The Path of 'Progress'

  • Despite the passage of time and the artist's change in circumstances, Mr. Bailey believes that the additional panels, especially the "crazed Cupids" made to go above the Villa Maubert's doorways who seem to be commenting on the action, only intensified Fragonard's original intentions.

    The Path of 'Progress'

  • There Du Barry's rejects found a new setting in the artist's cousin's house, the Villa Maubert, and Fragonard painted 10 additional panels to adapt the original cycle to the villa: four over-doors of chubby cupids, four narrow decorative strips with hollyhocks, and two large paintings, "Love Triumphant" and "The Reverie."

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  • This sounds like a great insult. "Unhand me, thou simpering Fragonard!" but then I look up his paintings that have soft light, like vaseline on the lens, and I feel a bit bad for wanting to drag his name in the mud just for fun.

    May 20, 2015