girl on a swing painting

Girl on a swing painting
This style of “frivolous” painting soon became the target of the philosophers of the Enlightenment, who demanded a more serious art which would show the nobility of man. [4]
There are two notable copies, neither by Fragonard.

Girl on a swing painting
Women at their bath, saucy portraiture, and pastoral settings were all seen here. The Swing would have fitted in perfectly.
Overall Fragonard’s The Swing, rich with symbolism, not only manages to capture a moment of complete spontaneity and joie de vivre, but also alludes to the illicit affair that may have already been going on, or is about to begin.

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Girl on a swing painting
Fragonard’s iconic painting is one of the most emblematic images of 18th-century French art. A young woman wearing a lovely pink silk frock is tantalisingly positioned mid-air on a swing between her elderly husband on the right and her young lover on the left. The force of the swing caused one of her slippers to fly off, resulting in a privileged view for her lover whose delight is suggested by the symbolic offer of his hat.
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Girl on a swing painting
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Jean- Honoré Fragonard’s The Swing was essentially a commission passed to him by another painter Gabriel-François Doyen. The painting’s storyline and composition was proposed to Doyen by a gentleman of the court, who wanted a painting of him and his mistress. The exact identity of the patron is unknown, though he was at one time thought to have been the Baron de Saint-Julien, the Receiver General of the French Clergy, which would have explained the request to include a bishop pushing the swing. Gabriel Doyen refused the commission and instead passed it on to Fragonard who removed any references to specific people but kept the concept of the original proposal.

References:

http://www.artble.com/artists/jean-honore_fragonard/paintings/the_swing
http://fineartamerica.com/art/paintings/girl+on+a+swing
http://www.wallacecollection.org/collection/les-hazards-heureux-de-lescarpolette-swing/
http://galleryintell.com/artex/the-swing-by-jean-honore-fragonard/
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Swing_(painting)

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