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.

Please note that The Swing will not be on display in the main galleries until October, as it features in our forthcoming exhibition Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts.

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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