The Two Sisters

Artist: Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris)

Date: ca. 1769–70

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 28 1/4 x 22 in. (71.8 x 55.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953

Accession Number: 53.61.5


This picture must date to the late 1760s and was engraved with the title "Les Jeunes Soeurs" or "The Young Sisters." While we do not know who the girls were, we do know—from the evidence of an oil sketch and a copy in pastels, as well as from the engraving—that the canvas has been cut down. Originally, Fragonard showed the older girl at full-length and the younger one seated on a wheeled wooden horse in an elegant interior.