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Jean honoré fragonard and the rococo era

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Ashley Wang

on 6 January 2015

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Transcript of Jean honoré fragonard and the rococo era

I was inspired by the painting, "The Swing," that we saw in art class. I liked how it looked aesthetically.
When I went home and researched more about it, I realized that there was more to the eye. I was interested by the thematic concerns.
I wanted to discover a connection between Fragonard's pieces and the time period.
Fragonard's Work
Fragonard's work is the epitome of Rococo art.
Started painting history & mythology, abandoned for erotic
Ranged from landscapes, portraits, and scenes
Subject matter: upper class, the aristocracy (pale, rosy, and plump)
Biggest influence: Francois Boucher
The Rococo Era
Reaction Taking Form
Furniture, Architecture, and Interior Design -> Painting and Sculptures
Possible Works
Background Research Steps
Researched Jean Honoré Fragonard & Rococo Era
Studied a few of his most famous pieces
Talked to some of the teachers
Researched time period (Baroque Era, Neoclassicism, French Revolution, the Kings, Aristocracy)
Found books

Jean Honoré Fragonard and the rococo era
Baroque period
Dark colors
Large scale
Religious themes
Reacting to
Protesting the strictness of Baroque period
Death of King Louis XIV and reign of King Louis XV
Aristocracy moved out of Versailles and into Paris. Big and formal rooms -> Small and intimate
Jean-Antoine Watteau
Madame de Pompadour (Boucher) and Madame du Barry (Fragonard), Louis XV's mistresses
The Swing, 1767
The Stolen Kiss, 1788
The Love Letter, early 1770s
Hidden eroticism
Natural light
Happiness & innocence
Thematic and Stylistic
Pastel colors
Soft lighting, airy
Big and loose brushstrokes
Witty, playful, and carefree
"Veiled eroticism"
Love and sexuality
Aristocratic lifestyle
Possible Research Question
How does Fragonard's art reflect the tensions in 18th century French society?
How does Fragonard's art (or Rococo era) serve as a transition between the historical and artistic eras before/after?
Next Steps
Read the books I found/find more
Study historical context
Read art/historical critiques and analyses
Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection
The Elevation of the Cross
Peter Paul Rubens. 1610.
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