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246 × 189 mm
304 pages
111 colour illustrations
15 Jun 2020
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Fragonard Painting Out of Time Satish Padiyar

At the time of his death in 1806, the Rococo artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard had not painted for two decades. Following a period of huge public success, the painter’s reputation fell. Personally secretive, Fragonard created revealing images that undermined a normal sense of space and time. Satish Padiyar investigates the life and work of the last of the libertine painters of the ancien régime, a contemporary of Denis Diderot and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and presents dramatic new perspectives on works such as The Progress of Love, painted for Madame du Barry, the infamous The Bolt and the ever-popular The Swing.

‘A brilliant new account of Fragonard’s art that reveals some of its most intriguing secrets.’ — Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts, Harvard University and author of The Painter's Touch: Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard (2018)

‘Deeply erudite . . . [Padiyar] illuminates the whole field of later eighteenth-century art.’ — Thomas Crow, Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art, New York University

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Satish Padiyar is Honorary Research Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art. His previous publications include Chains: David, Canova, and the Fall of the Public Hero in Postrevolutionary France (2007).