And now for something completely different from the couple of weeks before! It's on to France! Today's artist is Jean-Honore Fragonard. You can read about him on Wikipedia here.
I picked the first picture, because how often do you get to put a painting with a marmot in it on a blog? Well, unless you have a marmot blog, which I wouldn't be surprised by!
This picture is one of the few religious subjects I found available to use. I like this. I like the swirl of activity around the calf. I like the colors.
The next is a picture I think I used on Valentine's Day a few years ago. When you look at it, is she happy to have the kiss stolen? Or is she trying to get away? Several of Fragonard's paintings are like that--ambiguous. In one painting, "The Bolt", a man is reaching up to lock the door of a bedroom and he has a woman in his arms. It is not completely apparent whether this is a tryst or a rape. This painting is sort of "The Bolt" in a more innocent form.
But there are also simply beautiful images, like this one:
And then finally, my favorite of the lot. Of course, how could it not be? Any painting of someone reading has to be high on my list! But look how beautiful she is. Look at the sweep of her neck and her hair. The sleeve over the arm rest. Simply lovely.
Happy Friday, ya'll!