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Jean-Honoré Fragonard

French, (1732–1806)
Jean-Honoré Fragonard was a French Rococo painter best known for his rosy depictions of lovers, young women, and picnics in gardens. Fragonard’s fluid paint handling and accentuation of movement and volume often lends an erotic undertone to his work. Born on April 4, 1732 in Grasse, France, he went on to study with two of the great painters of his time, François Boucher and Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. From these masters, Fragonard learned to create an internal luminosity for each painting. Without having entered the Academy, he won the Prix de Rome in 1752 and took up residence at the French Academy in Rome where he studied the works of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Though Fragonard gained success as a young man with many patrons and commissions, the French Revolution deeply affected the latter part of his career. For over 50 years after his death, the artist was largely forgotten. It was not until Impressionists such as Berthe Morisot and Pierre-Auguste Renoir reintroduced him as an influence that his work was once again in the public eye.

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