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Jean-Honoré Fragonard
From a self-portrait, at the Musée Fragonard, Grasse
Born (1732-04-04)4 April 1732
Grasse, France
Died 22 August 1806(1806-08-22) (aged 74)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Field Painting, drawing, etching
Training Chardin, Boucher,
French Academy in Rome,
Charles-André van Loo
Movement Rococo
Works The Swing, A Young Girl Reading, The Bolt
Awards Prix de Rome

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (5 April 1732 in Grasse - 22 August 1806 in Paris) was a French artist. He is remembered as one of the most important French painters of the rococo style. He was a pupil of François Boucher, and developed Boucher's style further. At first he did historical paintings, but soon gave up on these. Fragonard produced more than 550 paintings (not counting drawings and etchings).

He then painted things that were light-hearted. His works include The Swing, A Young Girl Reading, and The Secret Meeting. Together with Boucher and Antoine Watteau, he is one of the principal painters of French Rococo. He lost his wealth during the French Revolution. After the revolution, the painting style was different, because he had trouble adapting, he died a poor man.

On December 5, 2013, in Bonhams New Bond Street, London, the Fragonard portrait of François-Henri duc d'Harcourt sold for £17,106,500 Sterling - US $28,058,081 - setting a world record price for the artist at auction. The sum paid is also the highest price for an Old Master Painting sold at auction anywhere in the world in 2013.


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