Fragonard's Later Career: The Contes et Nouvelles and the Progress of Love Revisited

Schroder, Anne L.
June 2011
Art Bulletin;Jun2011, Vol. 93 Issue 2, p150
Academic Journal
The article discusses French Rococo painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard and how his art responds to the French Revolution. The author describes Fragonard's illustrations for the book of stories "Contes et nouvelles en vers," by Jean de La Fontaine, including the publication of the prints by publisher Pierre Didot and the depiction of sexually empowered women in the prints. The author describes Fragonard's 1771-1773 painting series Progress of Love, or the Loves of the Shepherds, painted for Madame du Barry's palace at Louveciennes, France and returned to Fragonard in 1773. Also discussed is the painting "Abandoned," part of the Progress of Love series, and Fragonard's depiction of abandonment.


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