Jean-Honoré Fragonard

1732 Born in Grasse, Provence, the son of a haberdasher.

1738 The family moves to Paris.

c1749 After spending some time as the pupil of Jean-Siméon Chardin he enters the studio of François Boucher.

1752 Wins the Prix de Rome.

1756 Arrives in Rome.

1758 Meets the French painter Hubert Robert.

1760 Spends the summer at the Villa d’Este as the guest of the Abbé de Saint- Non, Robert’s patron.

1761 Travels with the Abbé de Saint-Non and Robert on a tour of Italy.

1765 Fragonard becomes a member of the Académie Royale. His presentation piece for the Académie, Coresus Sacrifices Himself to Save Callirhoe is a great success when exhibited at the Salon and is purchased for the Crown.

1769 Marries Marie-Anne Gérard.

1770 His fashionable status is confirmed when he is commissioned by Mme du Barry to produce decorations entitled The Progress of Love for her pavilion at Louveciennes.

1773 Tours Italy visiting Rome again.

1774 Visits Naples, continuing to Vienna, Prague and Germany.

1789 Moves back to live in Grasse.

1792 Returns to Paris. He manages to negotiate the French Revolution without imprisonment but his style is deeply out of step with the Neo-Classical vogue which accompanies it.

1794 Jacques-Louis David uses his influence to recommend that Fragonard be appointed a member of the Conservatoire des Arts.

1795 Becomes President of the Conservatoire des Arts with responsibility for the new national museum in the Louvre.

1806 Dies in Paris in obscurity.


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Jean-Honoré Fragonard - Selected Works

1752 Blindman‰’s Buff, Toledo, Ohio Museum of Art

1753 Psyche showing her Sisters her Gifts from Cupid, London, National Gallery

1754 The Musical Contest, London, Wallace Collection

1765 Le petit parc, London, Wallace Collection

1767 The Swing, London, Wallace Collection

1769 Abbé de Saint-Non, Paris, Musée du Louvre

c1769 Portrait of Denis Diderot, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1770 The Shirt Withdrawn, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1771 Progress of Love: The Confession of Love, New York, Frick Collection

1773 Progress of Love: The Lover Crowned, New York, Frick Collection

1773 Progress of Love: The Meeting, New York, Frick Collection

1773 Progress of Love: The Pursuit, New York, Frick Collection

1776 A Young Girl Reading, Washington DC , National Gallery of Art

c1778 The Bolt, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1778 The Souvenir, London, Wallace Collection

1789 The Stolen Kiss, St Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum

Jean-Honoré Fragonard - Featured Paintings

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