An erotic painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, “The Swing” flirted its way to being his most famous work. The technically proficient painting was so scandalous, it became an instant success. The piece depicts a woman revealing herself to a man who gleefully enjoys the view. It was allegedly commissioned by an aristocrat who pushed his mistress on a swing, unaware that her lover was hidden in nearby rosebushes. Despite the work’s explicitness, it exemplifies Fragonard’s (1732 – 1806) mastery of Rococo wit, playfulness and fascination with lush textures.
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.
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