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246 × 189 × 30 mm
248 pages
114 colour illustrations
14 Sep 2020

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

‘A fresh approach to this quintessential French eighteenth-century artist, Satish Padiyar’s book is also an innovative take on the genre of the monograph as it integrates biography and works in a novel and intelligent fashion. Making the most of the sparseness of information about Fragonard’s life, this beautifully written study weaves its narrative with discussions of the works along three themes: secrets, surprise, dreams. Surprising about the book itself is how the artist emerges as an entity from it, palpable in a way he has never been before.’ — Mechthild Fend, Professor of History of Art, University College London

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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).


Chapter one: SECRETS
Chapter two: SURPRISE
Chapter three: DREAMS

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