Artist: Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris)
Medium: Red chalk
Dimensions: 19 3/4 × 14 3/4 in. (50.2 × 37.5 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Walter and Leonore Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2006
Accession Number: 2006.353.1
This drawing is one of a pair (see 2006.353.2) that almost certainly dates to the spring of 1774, when Fragonard and his patron, Pierre-Jacques Onésyme Bergeret de Grancourt, were lodged at the edge of the Bay of Naples. With their confident and broad handling, the drawings capture the fall of late afternoon sunlight on two barefoot fishermen. In these freshly observed studies, Fragonard has reinvigorated the tradition of traveling artists depicting local figures by adopting a monumental scale.