Fragonard in the Universe of Painting

Fragonard in the Universe of Painting

by Dore Ashton

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This new work on Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1806) is being released at the time of the Metropolitan Museum's major retrospective on the French Rococo painter, which opened in February 1988. Ashton ( New York Times , Cooper Union) describes the intellectual and artistic currents that influenced the painter, emphasizing his sojourns in Italy, ``independent temperament,'' and unique treatment of light, atmosphere, and brushwork that foreshadowed trends in 19th-century art. He also explores the impact on the artist of 18th-century painting, theater, and landscaping. Superbly written and filled with fresh insights, this book is recommended for larger collections; smaller libraries can still be satisfied with David Wakefield's Fragonard (1977). L.N. Reno, formerly with Kent State Univ., Ohio

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