Collection

26

The Swing

Qr Code

original title

Les hasards heureux de l’escarpolette

The artwork

date

1767

details

Oil on canvas

Rococo
Painting
64,2 cm x 81 cm

Links

The artist

Jean-Honore Fragonard

5 April 1732

Flemish

Where to see it

Wallace Collection London

"If necessary, I would even paint with my bottom."
Jean-Honore Fragonard

Why we love it

In the history of painting, The Swing is incomparable for its frivolity and exaggerated romance, which make it an icon of the Rococo style and a continuing source of creative inspiration and visual enjoyment, being one of the most iconic images of 18th century French art.
A young woman in a beautiful pink silk dress is tantalizingly sitting on a swing between her elderly husband on the right and her young lover on the left, in an act of flirtation that indicates her rejection of traditional limitations to female modesty.

Works like this have been criticized as symbols of the moral decadence of aristocratic culture, but at the same time they have become very popular because through a mixture of visual humor and double meaning, they captivate viewers in visual games that comment on the nature of both art and humanity.

This is just our small contribution, your curiosity can do the rest.

Stories

“Friday mood”

A young woman sitting on a swing between her elderly husband on the right and her young lover on the left …

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