Marie Emilie Coignet de Courson (1716–1806) with a Dog

Jean Honoré Fragonard French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 631

Fragonard’s so-called fantasy portraits are electric performances: brushed with virtuosity, panache, and speed, he reworked the surface while the paint remained wet, including by incising lines into the large white ruff. The theatrical costume recalls Queen Maria de’ Medici’s court dress from over a century earlier, as depicted in a series of paintings by Peter Paul Rubens that Fragonard saw in the French royal collections. A recently discovered drawing makes it possible to identify this woman as the aristocratic salon hostess Marie Emilie Coignet de Courson. Fragonard’s painterly performance arguably outshines her, however, making this a kind of artist’s self-portrait.

Marie Emilie Coignet de Courson (1716–1806) with a Dog, Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris), Oil on canvas

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.