Les hasards heureux de l'escarpolette (The Swing)

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Les hasards heureux de l'escarpolette (The Swing)

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Information about Les hasards heureux de l'escarpolette (The Swing)

  • Year created: c. 1767 - 1768
  • Creator: Jean-Honoré Fragonard
  • Country of Origin: France
  • Dimensions: 81 x 64.2 cm
  • Collection: Paintings

Fragonard’s iconic painting is one of the most emblematic images of 18th-century French art. A young woman wearing a lovely pink silk frock is tantalisingly positioned mid-air on a swing between her elderly husband on the right and her young lover on the left. The force of the swing causes one of her slippers to fly off, resulting in a privileged view for her lover whose delight is suggested by the symbolic offer of his hat.

Fragonard's 'The Swing'

Expert's Choice: The Swing

Follow Dr Yuriko Jackall, Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of French Paintings, in her investigation of arguably the most famous French painting at the Wallace Collection: Jean-Honoré Fragonard's The Swing.

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Fragonard's 'The Swing'
P430, Les hasards heureux de l'escarpolette (The Swing), Jean-Honoré Fragonard

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