Fragonard : drawing triumphant : works from New York collections

Stein, Perrin, author

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  • "Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was a virtuoso draftsman whose works on paper count among the significant achievements of his time. This book focuses on the role of drawing in Fragonard's creative process and provides a modern reevaluation of his graphic work, while showcasing his mastery and experimentation with drawing in a range of media. Unlike many old master painters, who used drawings primarily as preparatory tools, Fragonard explored their potential as works of art in their own right. The 100 works featured in this publication include well-loved masterpieces, new discoveries, and works that have been long out of the public eye, illuminating the career of a ceaselessly inventive artist whose draftsmanship was at the core of his remarkable body of work." -- Publisher's description


  • Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 6, 2016-January 8, 2017.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-296) and index.


  • Introduction / Perrin Stein -- Chronology / Kelsey Brosnan -- Fact, fiction, function, and process : Toward a modern view of Fragonard's drawings / Perrin Stein -- Every possible combination : Between inspiration and finish in Fragonard's oeuvre / Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey -- Originals, copies, mirrors, and multiples / Perrin Stein -- Catalogue : Early years: Paris to Rome ; Fragonard and the Abbé de Saint-Non ; Etchings inspired by Italy ; Fragonard and the Académie Royale ; Travels with Bergeret, 1773-74 ; Late career and shifting roles ; Etchings with Marguerite Gérard, 1778 ; Fragonard as illustrator ; Ariosto's Orlando Furioso / Perrin Stein, Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey, Eunice Williams, and Kelsey Brosnan
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