happy accidents of the swing fragonard

Happy accidents of the swing fragonard
There are two notable copies, neither by Fragonard.
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]

Happy accidents of the swing fragonard
So here we have a young girl on the swing flying carelessly through the air, pushed from behind by an old man. Her right slipper flies, oh so conveniently, off her foot and suddenly the young man, lounging in the low bush, enjoying the view above him, comes into view. In fact, he is looking right up her frothy pink and cream skirt! So you see, it is a conspiracy of the two lovers whose flirtatious little game goes not only unnoticed by the old man, but where he is in fact an active participant in this concealed peep show. Furthermore, the painting is filled with symbolism. In the 18th century France, a woman’s shoeless foot symbolized nudity, as did the man’s uncovered head and his hat, reaching towards the young girl’s parted legs. “Dolphins driven by cupids drawing the water-chariot of Venus symbolize the impatient surge of love.”*
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Happy accidents of the swing fragonard
he style of the painting was characteristic of the French Rococo period and was favored by the wealthy art patrons of the 1780s.
Fragonard produced more than 550 paintings, and among his most famous works are genre paintings conveying an atmosphere of intimacy and veiled eroticism.

Happy accidents of the swing fragonard
Also know as The Happy Accidents of the Swing, this painting is considered one of the great master works of the Rococo era. The picture depicts a young woman on a tree swing, being pushed by her husband. The young woman is clearly flirting with the young man in the foreground, of whom her husband is unaware. The painting was first commissioned to Gabriel Francois Doyen by a young nobleman, to depict him and his mistress. Doyen, of the opinion that the painting was frivolous, refused the commission and passed it on to Fragonard. This painting has influences many later works, from paintings to sculptures, the most recent being the animated feature film Tangled, created in the style of the painting.
There are two notable copies, neither by Fragonard.

Happy accidents of the swing fragonard
• Oath of the Horatii (1785) by Jacques-Louis David.
Louvre Museum, Paris.
• Pilgrimage to Cythera (1717) by Jean-Antoine Watteau.
Louvre, Paris; Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin.

References:

http://galleryintell.com/artex/the-swing-by-jean-honore-fragonard/
http://joyofmuseums.com/museums/united-kingdom-museums/london-museums/wallace-collection/the-happy-accidents-of-the-swing-by-jean-honore-fragonard/
http://www.wikiart.org/en/jean-honore-fragonard/the-swing-1767
http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/famous-paintings/swing-fragonard.htm
http://employees.oneonta.edu/farberas/arth/arth200/gender/fragonard_swing.html

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