Fragonard (Drawing Gallery series)
Jean-Pierre CuzinISBN: 8874390793; 978-88-7439-079-3;
Book DescriptionThe Louvre collection of drawings by Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732?1806) is one of the finest and most well-balanced there is. It provides an overview, from the beginning to the end of his career, through his different techniques and the variety of his themes, of the light-hearted determination and the feigned roguishness of one of the most popular and most misunderstood French artists. Fragonard shifts from being the most scrupulous observer of nature, whether it be the humanfigure or landscape, the creator of profoundly moving religious compositions or of frivolously charming interiors, or again the boisterously inventive and unbridled illustrator of Ariosto or Cervantes. He is also one of the most intent and sprightly interpreters of works of the past, and the Louvre collection allows to have a close look at this fundamental aspect, in particular thanks to several spectacular, utterly personal copies after Rubens and Jordaens. He has verve and...