Jean-Honoré Fragonard - The SwingOil on canvas, 1767-1768, 81 x 64 cm , Wallace Collection in London

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Jean-Honoré Fragonard - The Swing

We are in a clearing in the woods. Three people are together in a cheerful game. A lady in sumptuous, gorgeous dresses is the central motif. She sits on a swing, with which she playfully swings upwards. In her high spirits she even loses one of her shoes.

An admirer lies in the left corner of the picture and seems delighted at the sight he sees - because he can look under the lady's skirt. Another man, possibly an employee, helps the lady to gain even greater momentum by pulling the ropes of the swing. His face is darkened by the shadow.

Fragonard is considered one of the most important representatives of the playful Rococo - this painting represents a major work of this epoch. Basically, it is genre scenes that show everyday distractions and activities of courtly life. Although they are often as piquant as farmer motifs, they are romantically transfigured by Fragonard. At the French court under King Louis XV, however, he was rejected as too "permissive". However, he received numerous commissions from privateers. This painting was also commissioned by the treasurer of the French clergy. He even had himself portrayed in the lover in front.

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