Does anyone have any thoughts? But instead of http: She is illuminated by the soft lighting coming from above, and the fanciful trees form an oval frame for the action in the center. I don’t know enough Rococo artwork to attempt to defend it so I won’t try, but I will hopefully give you some good points to think about regarding Fragonard’s The Swing. His delicate 18th century colour palette , witty content and fast brushwork gave even his most voyeuristic canvases a wonderful atmosphere of gaiety and joyfulness.
I first saw this painting in my art history class last year and my teacher basically dismissed it as frilly, meaningless art he of course talked about the scandalous nature of the painting, but Mr. I think it was on Thai Buddhist painting or something. As Ingrid Rowland once commented, the publication of emblem books such as by Alciatio fairly brought an end to mystery painting. From a thematic perspective, the painting seems to be split between the dandified suitor and the older gent behind her. It is believed to have been commissioned by the Baron de Saint-Julien, who wanted a picture of his mistress on a swing being pushed by a bishop, whilst he the Baron was so positioned as to be able to see up her the girl’s skirt. It may be frilly, but the use of detail, shadow, color, etc.
Fragonard’s work is easily recognizable due to the lightness and frivolity of the subject matter, the deft touch of the brushwork, and the soft, carefree lighting schemes. There are four important subjects in this picture.
The Swing, Fragonard: Analysis, Interpretation
In Fragonard’s world, adultery is but a devilishly gay way to pass the time. My position is that we ought to approach paintings the way that the painter approached them. First of all, there’s no denying that this painting is pretty. This is painting tout court.
So we see that the Dolphin is fraginard with the Gentle Disposition and with successful pleading in love. During the mids, revitalizing the idiom pioneered by Jean-Antoine WatteauFragonard began to specialize in the playful, erotic compositions for which he is now most famous.
Fragonard’s “The Swing” and a Little Dog | Alberti’s Window
While during his lifetime The Swing was quite popular and Fragonard was at the top of his game, he fell out of favor after the Revolution. September 22, at 4: Caspar David Friedrich, Woman at a Window, modified. According to some esssy accounts, Venus was born out of the sea.
A highly important figure in 18th century French paintingwho now ranks among the greatest of all Rococo artiststhe exceptionally talented Fragonard trained under Francois Boucher – whose main patron was Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour fragonadr and Jean Chardinfamous for his still life painting and genre works.
Those motifs do not convert this picture into something that ghe a hidden or esoteric message or intellectuality of any kind.
Yinka Shonibare, The Swing (After Fragonard)
Detroit Institute of Arts. Since writing that paper several years ago, I have learned several new things about this painting by Fragonard. I think that the trio of putti erotesDolphin, and the exceedingly relaxed pretty girl tell us all we need to know. As a result Fragonard utilized a delicate pastel color palette that would be just as at home in a cupcake shop as on canvas, with frothy creams, juicy pinks, and minty greens. The Baron’s insistence on a bishop was probably a private joke, as he himself occupied an important position in the Church, as Receiver General of the French clergy.
Interpretation of Other 18th Century Paintings.
Prentice Hall, She is illuminated by the soft lighting coming from above, and the fanciful trees form an oval frame for the fagonard in the center. From portraits to scenes of pastoral, erotic, or domestic appeal he covered a wide range of themes. I am impressed you can remember what your first art history paper was on, because I absolutely cannot. The combination of insouciant attitude, tongue-in-cheek eroticism, pastel swirls, and pastoral scenery creates an irresistible testament to the beauty of youth and illegitimate affairs.
Although for a time after the Revolution Fragonard disappeared from the history of art, his wittily airy style cropped up again years later with a new legion of imitators and by the end of the 19th century there was a rediscovery of Fragonard and other Rococo artists. Newer Post Older Post Home. She swinf being pushed by an elderly man in the background who has no idea of the young man’s presence.
This isn’t necessarily a powerful work but it is definitely nice to look at. Check the link- http: I obviously am not alone in my interpretation, since other commenters on the Fragknard page mentioned the same thing. Jean-Honore Fragonard Page Menu. The style and subject matter of The Swing was forsaken in favor of cleaner lines, moral severity, and classical subject matter of the Neoclassicists, such as Jacques-Louis David.
I remember writing about the Rococo style and the rise of the French aristocracy in the 18th century. In the foreground the playboy Baron himself is depicted, reclining in the lush shrubbery, one arm outstretched towards the maiden’s skirts, his other arm holding his balance.
September 23, at 3: Background A highly important figure in 18th century French paintingwho now ranks among the greatest of all Rococo artiststhe exceptionally talented Fragonard trained under Francois Boucher – whose main patron was Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour – and Jean Chardinfamous for his still life painting and genre works.