A Shaded Avenue

Jean Honoré Fragonard French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 631

Fragonard was a gifted landscapist who combined his knowledge of earlier Dutch painting, notably the dramatic light effects and craggy trees of artists like Jacob van Ruisdael, and his experience in Italy, including its formal gardens and ancient ruins. He returned repeatedly to the subject of a long alley of over-scaled trees that creates a dark tunnel at the end of which a bright light illuminates a figure or, as here, a fountain. The frame, dated to the early 1750s, is a fine example of Rococo woodwork.

A Shaded Avenue, Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris), Oil on wood

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