Fragonard's The Swing

Fragonard's The Swing

Fragonard's The Swing

Explore Fragonard and The Swing

In summer 2021, Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s (1732–1806) treasured rococo painting The Swing underwent gentle cleaning and restoration. This is a process that all paintings of a certain age must go through occasionally in order to keep them safe for our visitors to enjoy, now and in the future. Following this treatment, which was shortlisted for Conservation Project of the Year at the 2021 Museum and Heritage Awards, The Swing returned to our galleries, its brilliant colours sparkling afresh, just as Fragonard originally intended.

Explore The Swing and its themes in the film below, and click through to our dedicated site where you can learn more about what the conservation process revealed. Here you will also be able to discover key themes of the painting and trace the resonance of this work of art in contemporary culture.

Funds for the conservation of The Swing were generously provided to The Wallace Collection by the Bank of America Art Conservation Project.

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Shortlisted for Conservation Project of the Year at the 2021 Museum and Heritage Awards.

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Conserving Fragonard's The Swing

Learn more about the project to conserve Fragonard's masterpiece

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Origins of The Swing

With its mysterious history and layers of symbolism, The Swing continues to fascinate us 250 years after its creation.

Find out more about its story and significance

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Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Self-Portrait, about 1780/90. Musée du Louvre (RF 41192, Recto). Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Gérard Blot.

After the Swing

One of the world's most famous French paintings, The Swing has had an enduring effect on visual culture.

Discover the legacy of The Swing

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Detail of The Swing.

Conserving The Swing

The Wallace Collection has recently undertaken a project to clean and conserve The Swing, restoring its splendour.

Learn more about the project

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Detail of The Swing during conservation.

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