Description of the painting Jean-Honore Fragonard "Swing"

Description of the painting Jean-Honore Fragonard

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Cheerful, witty and invariably friendly Jean Honore Fragonard created in the Rococo style - a genre that does not pretend to depth, and which is more likely to decorate interiors and delight the eye.

Therefore, the painting entitled “Happy Swing Opportunities” is imbued with the lyricism of mood characteristic of this style, playful eroticism, refinement of details, lightness and elegance of the composition.

The plot of the work, like everything else that the artist did, is frivolously erotic. The young beauty in a magnificent pastel-tone dress sways on a swing. A middle-aged man sitting in the shade of trees swings the swing.

With each swing take-off, the girl’s lush skirts soar upward, exposing her legs in white stockings. Below, among the azure flowers, is the girl's lover, who did not accidentally occupy this very advantageous location. Captured by the rapture of flying on a swing, the girl throws up her left leg and the shoe flies off her.

Thick and bright garden greens remarkably sets off coral halftones on the girl's dress. Bright rays of the sun illuminate the composition, giving the whole scene lightness and all-consuming majority. A young man sits surrounded by beautifully painted bright garden flowers. Illuminated by the bright glare of the sun, the stone Cupid is depicted with a finger attached to his lips, as if asking not to give out a young man hiding in the thickets. Two chubby Cupids in an embrace with a dolphin complement the scene.

The idea of ​​the plot of the picture belongs to her customer, the baron, Saint-Julien, who wanted Fragonard to portray him in the most convenient place for viewing the girl's legs on a swing. The idea of ​​the shoe thrown off his feet belongs to the artist himself - this detail gives the picture some dynamism. For a long time the picture was not known to the general public due to the fact that the Baron did not seek to put it on public display.

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