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Fraternité: French Artists from Revolution to Romanticism

The Stolen Kiss

Kathryn Calley Galitz, Associate Museum Educator

The Revolution of 1789 transformed French art. Neoclassicism, embodied in the paintings of Jacques-Louis David, became the style of the day. This series explores the rise of Neoclassicism, culminating with its embrace by Emperor Napoleon. The fall of the Empire in 1814 paved the way for the emerging Romantic aesthetic.

Today's Topic:
The Decline of Decadence: Rococo Art on the Eve of Revolution

Above: Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806). The Stolen Kiss, ca. 1760. Oil on canvas; 19 x 25 in. (48.3 x 63.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Jessie Woolworth Donahue, 1956 (56.100.1)

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