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Artist: Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732 - 1806)

Date: 1763
Medium: Etching on paper
Overall: 5 3/4 x 8 1/4in. (14.6 x 21cm)
Image: 5 3/8 x 7 7/8in. (13.7 x 20cm)
Signed: Lower left: 'Frago'
Credit Line: Gift of Edward W. Root
Object number: 53.107
Label Text
One of the most important practitioners of the French Rococo style was Jean-Honoré Fragonard. This etching is one of a series of four known as "Les Bacchanales" or "Les Jeux des Satrys." The scholar Marion Lou Grayson has noted that the series was supposedly inspired by a marble bas-relief of a young girls with satyrs that Fragonard saw. Around 1763-64, after his return to Paris from an extended sojourn in Rome, Fragonard experimented with printmaking. He produced around fifty prints, of which the four "Bacchanals" are the most admired. In this print the playful eroticism of the Rococo style is cloaked in the guise of rustic Classicism. Technically, the print was executed with the same breathtaking virtuosity that can be seen Fragonard's paintings.

February 2005
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