The Husband-Confessor

Jean Honoré Fragonard French

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The salacious Tales of Jean de La Fontaine enjoyed great popularity in eighteenth-century France. Fragonard illustrated them in various series and versions over many years. While a few were eventually engraved, his drawings, which perfectly capture the gallantry and humor of the well-known stories, also appealed to collectors.

This delicate drawing illustrates one of the famous Tales of Jean de La Fontaine. In a careful technique, emphasizing legibility over spontaneity, Fragonard describes an elegant salon. The knight Artus returns from war to find his wife surrounded by admirers, his expression far from pleased.

The Husband-Confessor, Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris), Brush and brown wash over light black chalk underdrawing

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