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Jean-Honoré Fragonard

(1732-1806)

Fragonard is known to have taken Rococo style to its greatest heights. He perfectly embodied the Rococo spirit – all powder, perfume and artifice with a highly polished finish. He liked pink cheeks and heaving bosoms, sidelong glances, passionate embraces and futile resistance. Everything in his paintings including drapery, landscape backgrounds and clouds froth with equal erotic intensity. Fragonard’s exciting, nervous, but confident style suits his subjects. He died in poverty after French revolution.

Key artwork: The Swing, 1767

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