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Jean Honore Fragonard

Jean Honore Fragonard

About the artist

Fragonard preferred to paint lighthearted, erotic pictures for private clients.  He only exhibited at the Salon twice.  His cheerful canvases reinvigorated the Rococo style. He painted mythology, gallantry, landscape, and portraiture, often signing his works Frago.

Biography

Born in the small city of Grasse, Jean-Honoré Fragonard moved to Paris with his family in 1738. While still in his teens, he served as an apprentice to Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin for just six months and then worked in François Boucher\'s studio. He won the Prix de Rome in 1752, then spent three preparatory years under Carle van Loo before studying at the Académie de France in Rome from 1756 to 1761.  Fragonard\'s submission to the Salon of 1765 earned him an associate Academy membership, yet he opted out of an official career of history painting. <BR><BR>Fragonard preferred to paint lighthearted, erotic pictures for private clients.  He only exhibited at the Salon twice.  His cheerful canvases reinvigorated the Rococo style. He painted mythology, gallantry, landscape, and portraiture, often signing his works Frago.  The French Revolution ended Fragonard\'s career and made him a pauper.  The Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David attempted to assist him by making him curator of the future Musée du Louvre. Unable to adapt to the new style of painting, however, Fragonard died forgotten in Napoleon\'s France.

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