Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Jean-Honoré Fragonard canvas prints & artprints

Jean-Honoré Fragonard was born on April 5, 1732 in Grasse. From a young age, Jean-Honoré Fragonard developed his passion for painting. At the age of six, he left the south of France with his family and settled in Paris. He began his apprenticeship in Jean-Siméon Chardin’s workshop, great painter of still lifes and genre scenes, before joining François Boucher’s studio. His relations with great artistic figures enabled Fragonard to quickly acquire great skills and to develop his own artistic style. At the age of twenty, he was awarded numerous prizes and left to refine his technique in Italy. On his return to Paris, the artist was recognised as an established painter by his peers and the court.  Despite this, he kept his desire to show his art to amateurs, rather than to officials. He was a master in the artistic representation of mythological scenes, wars, but also of love scenes. His famous works are Apollo and Daphne, Children harnessing a dog to a small cart laden with fruit, Contes et nouvelles de La Fontaine, The Ear Maker or the Mussel Scraper, Study for Happy Fecundity, The Adoration of the Shepherds. Jean-Honoré Fragonard died on August 22, 1806 in Paris.

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