FRAGONARD IN LOVE : Suitor and libertine
From 16 September 2015 to 24 January 2016
According to the Goncourt brothers, the eighteenth century was an era of seduction, love and intrigue, and Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) might have been its main illustrator, if not its main agent. Indeed, the inspiration of love runs through “Divine Frago”’s protean and generous work, from his early bucolic compositions to the love allegories found in his later works. In turn gallant, libertine, daringly lustful or conversely concerned with new love ethics, his art spans half a century of artistic creativity with ardour and elegance, endlessly reinventing itself to better capture the subtle variations of emotion and love impulse.
Presenting Fragonard’s work for the first time through this love prism, this exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg focuses on the mid-18th century, a time when the spirit of Enlightenment is deeply influenced by English sensualism. The topic of how to delicately express sensuality and emotion was then at the heart of philosophical, literary and artistic concerns.
This exhibition is produced by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais in partnership with the Musée du Louvre.
Curators : Guillaume Faroult, Head of Conservation, Paintings Department, Musée du Louvre, 18th-century
French paintings Manager.
Scenography : Jean-Julien Simonot