The Little Swing , c. About This blog focuses on making Western art history accessible and interesting to all types of audiences: There are four important subjects in this picture. I show a schematic that illustrates what I mean. Any other thoughts about this painting? The next important subjects are the cherub statues surrounding the situation. October 7, at 3:
Impressionism as a movement bears similarities to the Rococo in its emphasis on fleeting moments of beauty, sudden impressions, and pleasure. The joyful exuberance of the painting is accentuated by the way that the frills of the girl’s dress match the pattern of the surrounding foliage, as well as by its glowing pastel colours and soft lighting. It sounds like a really interesting place. But instead of http: Because as the lady rides higher and higher on the swing, she allows her admirer to see up her dress – and even kicks her legs apart for his benefit. Love Pursuing a Dove.
The Rococo has not weathered the test of time too well as esay as being heralded as an artistic period that produced anything of importance.
In the foreground the playboy Baron himself is depicted, reclining in the lush shrubbery, one arm outstretched towards the maiden’s skirts, his other arm holding his balance. She is lavishing in the spring air, without a care in the world. Wssay a landmark piece of the French Rococo, it can be defined by the masterly technique that Fragonard employed in its execution.
frgonard Fragonard included a number of hidden details within the composition to heighten the message of playful love, including two putti embracing, a stone essag dog and dolphin, and a stone statue of Cupid. Because as the lady rides higher and higher on the swing, she allows her admirer to see up her dress – and even kicks her legs apart for his benefit.
October 7, at 3: In the background of the composition one can see what was originally going to be the Bishop requested by the perverse Baron, but which was changed to the mistress’s frqgonard by Fragonard. Fragonard’s work is easily recognizable due to the lightness and frivolity of the subject matter, the deft touch of the brushwork, and the soft, carefree lighting schemes.
The Swing is composed in a triangular shape, with the Baron and the husband forming the base of the pyramid, and the maiden in the air at the top of the triangle, in the center of the space. But, considering that the fragonadr seems agitated and upset, perhaps the symbol still is appropriate.
In comparison to many of his other works however, he paints with a finer detail than usual, reminiscent of 17th Dutch masters such as Rembrandt.
The whole painting gives the impression of looking through a keyhole not that I have sesay experience of this. Anyone who doubts this need only inspect the little dog which is cursorily assembled from a cloud of blobs.
Yinka Shonibare, The Swing (After Fragonard)
It is made more juicy by the narrative within the painting, which you fssay find in much of Rococo artwork. December 28, at 7: Jean-Honore Fragonard Medium: This site used to automatically forward to my old blog.
One of the things mentioned in this video, which I had never spotted previously, is the inclusion of a little tiny dog in the bottom right corner of the painting, not too far from the feet of the older suitor. Winner of the Prix de Rome run by the French Academyhe was influenced by the pastoral scenes of Nicolas Poussin and above all by the freer, more colourful painting of Giambattista Tiepolofamous for his Wurzburg Residence frescoes Fragonard was a product of the later stages of the Rococo era, a time characterized by hedonistic freedom and a pursuit of all things aesthetically pleasing.
This discussion has stimulated more thinking on my part about The Swing.
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing – Smarthistory
Boucher specialized in the combination of the pastoral scene with a passionate sensibility. Julien as a portrait of his mistress, The Swing was to be painted to the following specificity: I simply want to have a deeper understanding of all the factors contributing to an artists approach. Background A highly important figure in 18th century French paintingrragonard now essaj among the greatest of all Rococo artiststhe exceptionally talented Fragonard trained under Francois Boucher – whose main patron was Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour – and Jean Chardinfamous for his still life painting and genre works.
Bob — thank you for your considered response. The second subject important subject is of course the boy in the bushes. The next important subjects are the cherub statues surrounding the situation.
Saint-Julien originally requested that the older gentleman be represented as a bishop, but it appears that Frgaonard omitted a such an impudent reference to the Church. Fragonard’s Allegories of Love. Email Subscription An email notification will be sent whenever a essqy post appears on this site. I’ll ask a question for you guys as well: Impressionism as a movement bears similarities to the Rococo in its emphasis on fleeting moments of beauty, sudden impressions, and pleasure.
September 23, at 1: The Smarthistory video raises the issue that the dog, which normally appears in art as a symbol of fidelity, obviously is inappropriate in this context.