Painters Paintings Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 – 1806): The Swing, ca. 1767, oil on canvas, 81 × 64…
Painters Work Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 – 1806): The Swing, ca. 1767, oil on canvas, 81 × 64.2 cm, Wallace Assortment, London
‘The Swing’ or ‘The Completely happy Accidents of the Swing’ (its unique title), is Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s best-known portray, encapsulating for a lot of the finesse, humour and joie de vivre of the Rococo. No different work higher demonstrates his skill to mix erotic licence with a visionary feeling for nature.
The portray depicts a younger man hidden within the bushes, watching a lady on a swing, being pushed by an aged man, nearly hidden within the shadows, and unaware of the lover. As the woman goes excessive on the swing, she lets the younger man take a furtive peep underneath her costume, all whereas flicking her personal shoe off within the path of a statue of the Greek god of discretion and turning her again to 2 angelic cherubim on the aspect of the older man.
The girl is carrying a bergère hat (shepherdess hat) which is ironic since shepherds are usually related to advantage due to their dwelling near nature, uncorrupted by the temptations of the town.
Based on the poet Charles Collé, the historical past painter Doyen was commissioned by an unnamed ‘gentleman of the Courtroom’ to color his younger mistress on a swing, pushed by a bishop with himself admiring her legs from beneath. Fragonard, who turned well-known for his erotic genre-pictures, proved higher suited to color the work, wherein the impudent reference to the church has been omitted, leaving the woman as the primary focus, scrumptious in her froth of pink silk, poised mid-air tantalizingly past the attain of each her aged seated admirer and her excited younger lover.
This fashion of “frivolous” portray quickly after this portray, turned the goal of the philosophers of the Enlightenment, who demanded a extra critical artwork which might present the the Aristocracy of man.