Self-Portrait as "The Swing" by Fragonard

Self-Portrait as "The Swing" by Fragonard

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Silver halide print on high quality archival paper (100+ year archiving ability).

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Self-Portrait as "The Swing" by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1767 // A Rococo masterpiece, this painting exhibits all of the fluffy frivolity of this era of art history. From the subjects' dress to the incorporation of a fluffy yappy pooch (clock Sophie sitting in?! ), to the whimsical soft features of the greenery, to playfulness of the female character (even while being perved on by the man in the brush at the lower left hand side). The putto statue above him holds his finger up in silence, possibly covering for the pervert. This painting was supposedly commissioned by a courtier to depict him and his mistress. He was the man in the bushes, she the woman on the swing, and he requested the man that is pulling her ropes to be the bishop, however Fragonard made him a layman instead (good lookin out, Fraggy)  Fragonard eventually lost all of his private patrons to the French Revolution, when they were all beheaded, Henny. He exiled himself and once he returned to Paris, he was all but completely forgotten as the art community had moved to more substantive work and away from the surface value beauty of Rococo. Sad day, Fraggy.