Fragonard

Drawing Triumphant

Perrin Stein; With contributions by Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey, Eunice Williams, and Kelsey Brosnan

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October 18, 2016
320 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
250 color illus.
ISBN: 9781588396013
Hardcover

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Distributed by Yale University Press

An exquisitely illustrated volume that emphasizes the importance of drawing in Fragonard's creative process

One of the most forward-looking artists in 18th-century France, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806) is considered the preeminent draftsman of his time.  This fresh assessment of the artist focuses on the role of drawing in his creative process and showcases Fragonard’s mastery and experimentation with drawing in a range of media, from vivid red chalk to luminous brown wash, as well as etching, watercolor, and gouache.  Unlike many old master painters, Fragonard explored the potential of drawings as works of art in their own right, ones that permitted him to work with great freedom and allowed his genius to shine.  The drawings featured here come from public and private collections in New York, balancing a mix of well-loved masterpieces, new discoveries, and works that have long been out of the public eye.

Perrin Stein is a curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey is an independent art historian based in Paris.  Eunice Williams is an independent scholar.  Kelsey Brosnan is research assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(10/06/16–01/08/17)

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