The Bolt, c.1778 (oil on canvas), Fragonard, Jean-Honore (1732-1806) / Louvre, Paris, France / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library
Rococo painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732 – 1806) is known for playful images, but he also painted breathtaking religious subjects, historical and mythological themes, landscapes and intimate scenes. Earning an associate academy membership at the acclaimed Salon, Fragonard declined a career in history painting, instead creating lighthearted, erotic scenes for private clients and members of the court. After marrying, he focused on painting family groups. Many respected museums display Fragonard's work, including Paris’ Louvre and New York’s Metropolitan Museum.