Introducing... Fragonard and 'The Swing'

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Introducing... Fragonard and 'The Swing'

Introducing... Fragonard and 'The Swing'

Dates: Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 December 2021
Times: 18.00–20.00 GMT
Location: Zoom Webinar (Online)
Tutor: Gayna Pelham
Level: All Levels

Course Description: The Rococo artworks in the Wallace Collection are internationally renowned. On this evening course, we’ll focus on perhaps the most celebrated example: Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s The Swing. But why is the painting so famous? To better understand its iconic status, we’ll explore the painting in context, looking at the period in which it was made alongside other extraordinary examples of Rococo artworks in the Wallace Collection and beyond. We’ll also look at Fragonard’s life and work, considering his wide interests which encompassed not only painting, but also printmaking.

The Swing will take centre stage in our exploration. We’ll discuss its subject matter and composition, while considering its position within Fragonard’s extensive artistic production. We’ll also address the painting’s influence and lasting legacy across the arts – both its impact in the 18th century, as well as its reception in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Please read the full course description here.

Joining Information and Format: This course will be taught through Zoom Webinar. For more information, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit

Each course session duration is 120 minutes, including a five-minute break and Q&A session with the tutor.

Tickets are for both dates of this course. Ticket holders will be emailed the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 24 hours in advance of the first course session, which should be retained for accessing both sessions.

Course Recording: This course will be recorded. Within 48 hours of each course session, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only.


Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
01/12/2021 18:00 20:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Course (Standard) £35
Online Course (Concession) £32
Online Course (Member) £30
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