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French artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard was born in 1732
5 April, 2017
Blind-Man’s Buff. about 1750–55. Oil on canvas, 46 in. x 36 in. (116.8 cm x 91.4 cm.) Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1954.43
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 -1806) was a Rococo painter and printmaker. His talent was recognized early on and, following an initial apprenticeship with Chardin at 18, he entered the studio of Boucher. Boucher’s art, both in subject matter and style, became a great influence on the young artist.
Fragonard’s depictions of love and courtship are famous for their atmosphere of intimacy and veiled eroticism. He was a prolific artist, producing more than 550 works, most of them for his clientele who were members of the French aristocracy and the royal court.
We highlight two main exhibitions dedicated to the artist: the first one at the Toledo Art Museum, with focus in Blind Man’s Buff, and its companion, The See-Saw, two main works reunited for the first time in 25 years in 2014; and the second and more recent one, Fragonard in love, presented at the Musée du Luxembourg, focused on the mid-18th century, a time when the spirit of Enlightenment was deeply influenced by English sensualism.