View of a Park

Jean Honoré Fragonard French

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Having won a student competition in Paris, Fragonard was awarded four years of study at the Académie de France in Rome. Made not long after his arrival, this theatrical landscape drawing displays a hybrid of influences. His early training in Boucher’s studio is evident in the feathery trees and charming genre figures, including the woman pushing a wheelbarrow and the man peering over a fence. Scattered throughout the composition are various architectural motifs—a palatial staircase, columned temples, and a statue of an ancient Roman goddess—that reflect his exposure to the gardens of Italy.

View of a Park, Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris), Black chalk, brush and gray wash, touches of black and brown wash; framing lines in pen and black ink

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