Coresus at Callirhoe Jean-Honore Fragonard Indeed, a theory claimed that the two works, The Contract and The Lockconstitute, along with another painting of Fragonard, The Armoirethe three chapters of a novel in which the heroes would be the two lovers. We were unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search. He ended his days in poverty after the French Revolution. Not comfortable with this frivolous work, Doyen refused and passed on the commission to Fragonard. This single location in Tasmania: Today, we consider there being only one twin to The Locka work of more sacred inspiration, The Adoration of the Shepherds
It's disconcerting - her presence as powerfully alive as someone in a Rembrandt portrait.
Yet there's more to it than that, a teasing, mysterious quality, heightened by the bizarre joke Fragonard played on art historians by giving the painting a false signature - his own has since been found underneath. There's a graphic explicitness to his art, yet, at the same time, he's a true rococo artist in his enjoyment of textures, silks and lace for their own sake. The composition is diagonal, made up by an axis composed through her leaning figure, the shawl and the balcony door opening from the outside, ending with the table the shawl is draped over. It stands together with some of the most famous pictorial masterpieces of the same period, in a chronologically organized path. It's a passionate sketch, her clothes a blur of brown and white, sensuous, first-impression brushstrokes. Beneath the Painted Surface: The Swing Jean-Honore Fragonard