Young Girl Reading by Jean-Honore Fragonard, 1769, Diamond Painting KitISBN: 047793706733
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By Jean-Honoré Fragonard, 1769.
Details of the original:
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dimensions: 81.1 x 64.8 cm (31 15/16 x 25 1/2 in.)|framed: 104.9 x 89.5 x 2.2 cm (41 5/16 x 35 1/4 x 7/8 in.
- Full drill
- 23.5 x 29.5 inches
- 129 drill colors
- Poured Glue
- artist canvas
Made in America. Ships from Massachusetts.
Jean-Honoré Fragonard had an extensive career. After winning the 1753 Prix de Rome with a painting titled Jeroboam Sacrificing to the Golden Calf,, he became one of the foremost French painters in the Rococo style, which was filled with light colors, asymmetrical designs, and curved, natural forms. The Rococo style emerged in Paris during the eighteenth century, more specifically during Louis XV's reign, when the French upper class experienced a new social and intellectual freedom. As Petra ten-Doesschate Chu stated, "Aristocrats and wealthy bourgeois focused on play and pleasure. Grace and wit were prized in social interactions. A new intellectual curiosity gave rise to a healthy skepticism toward well-worn truths." Fragonard was most drawn to the playful lives and loved of the aristocratic youth of his day.
The painting features an unidentified girl wearing a lemon yellow dress with a white ruff collar and cuffs and purple ribbons. The subject is depicted in profile, reading from a small book held in her right hand, sitting with her left arm on a wooden rail, and her back supported by a large lilac cushion resting against a wall. Her hair is tied in a chignon with a purple ribbon, and her face and dress are lit from the front, casting a shadow in the wall behind her. Fragonard pays close attention to the face but uses looser brushwork on the dress and cushion, and the ruff was scratched into the paint with the end of a brush. The armrest's horizontal line and a vertical line between two unadorned walls provide a sense of space and structure.
The text of the book is not legible, and no hint is given of the content.
In Young Girl Reading, color helps convey emotion and mood. Fragonard used a typical Rococo color scheme consisting of soft, delicate colors and gold hues. The pillow's violet tint, the darker-toned walls and armrest, and the female subject's rosy-toned skin and bright-yellow dress help create the illusion of warmth and joy and a sense of sensuality. These bright colors present a strong contrast to the dark background and help the viewer home in on the female form's curves and contours. The texture is created through Fragonard's loose but energetic and gestural brushstrokes, as in the frills in the girl's dress. Texture helps create depth and contrast among different painting elements—for example, the walls, the dress, and armrest all have different textures created through different styles of brushstrokes.
It can be view at the National Gallery of Art West Building, Main Floor - Gallery 54. Thank you to Wikipedia for this write up on the author. I can freely share their text, but they do not endorse me or my site. (disclaimer)
60cm x 76cm
Accentuated with AB drills
Kit includes color printed short lint canvas, drills, and a tool kit
Tool kit includes a drill pen, was, tweezers, and tray
Frame not included
This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or fewer. The author died on 22 August 1806 (aged 74) in Paris, France.
This work is in the United States public domain because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1925.
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