Jean-Honoré Fragonard

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Date of Birth: Apr 5, 1732
Place of Birth: Grasse, France
Date of Death: Aug 22, 1806
Focus: Painter, Printmaker
Art movement: Rococo
Nationality: French

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Jean-Honor Biography

Jean-Honore Fragonard was born in the French town of Grasse. When he was six years old, his family moved to Paris. He was apprenticed to artist Francois Boucher (1703 – 1770.) He won France’s prestigious scholarship for artists, the Prix de Rome in 1752. He had additional training in Italy during 1756 – 1761. He had many clients when he returned to Paris in 1761. He was greatly in demand until the French Revolution began in 1789.

Often signing his paintings simply “”Frago”", Jean-honore Fragonard (1732 – 1806) saw the best and worst of life as an artist. He was one of the most successful artists of the French Enlightenment, painting charming portraits filled with bright colors and a myriad of details. However, after the French Revolution, Fragonard became despised because he catered to the aristocracy. He never was able to regain his popularity during his lifetime.

Jean-Honore Fragonard’s most famous work is “”The Swing”" (1767) where a man sneaks a peek up a woman’s skirts as she plays on a swing in a garden. Another celebrated work is “”The Stolen Kiss”" (1780s) where a blonde is pulled aside by a young man for a quick kiss.