Jean-Honore Fragonard, The Swing, (1767) Interpretation
What is the art movement in this artwork?
The art movement of this artwork is Rococo Style which appeal more to sensual side.
Rococo art is emerged in France as a decorative art used in interior design and gardens, but painters began to adopt the style in the early 18th century
Rococo artists used loose brushstroke, pastel colors and flowing lines and forms in theirs composition.
Many rococo painting is in asymmetrical meaning the designer overall composition are in center and each of this element helps to creates a sense of motion.
the 1st rococo painter: jean-Antoine watteau(1684-1721)
was responsible for the creation of new type of artistic category called atmospheric painting or fete galante is depictions of aristocrats enjoying various forms of outdoor recreation in the countryside.
The best way to describe the style is playful and light-hearted because patrons the people that were spending money during the rococo art period was the aristocracy they were looking for pleasant artwork and decoration to jazz up their homes, life was about pleasure for the nobility during this time period
people are almost glowing because there are no strong shadows on them and there are more organic flow in the figures
what is the color tone and texture used in this painting?
there are soft sunlight shine from the background to tree and also the young lady face, so it make the young lady face shown in glow and highlight her fair skin
The overall color tone in this painting is in pink and green as a main color
the brushstroke of this painting is free, easy and natural organic form, The artist, Fragonard uses a fluid, loose brushstroke and keep the edges soft.
what symbolism can found in this painting?
the dog barking means that the dog is upset on the young lady and baron affairs.
In the painting, they were wearing the rich people clothing and representing they are rich people in this rococo period.
the roses in this painting representing the romance in this artwork
what is the alternative name of this painting?
Lucky Happenings on the Swing (Les Hasards heureux de l'escarpolette)
This painting is painted for who?
Baron, At 1st baron asked Gabriel Fracois Doyen to make a painting of him and his mistress but doyen refused and passed to Fragonard and the man-baron requested a portrait of his mistress seated on swing.