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Les hasards heureux de l'escarpolette (The Swing)

The painting is Fragonard's most famous work, and one of the most emblematic images of eighteenth-century art. Its genesis is reported by the writer Charles Collé. According to his journals and memoirs for 1767, the history painter Gabriel-François Doyen was commissioned by an unnamed ‘gentleman of the Court’ late in 1767 to paint his young mistress on a swing, pushed by a bishop with himself admiring her legs from below. Doyen, who had just had a major success at the Salon as a religious history painter, refused and suggested Fragonard. Fragonard was at that time about to completely change his career from a history painter with important royal commissions to a painter of small and highly sophi...

c. 1767 - 1768
Oil on canvas
81.0 x 64.2cm
Images and text © Wallace Collection, 2017

Second image © Wallace Collection, 2021 (conservation in progress: vertical strip of old varnish in the centre and some minor losses awaiting retouching)

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