Allegory of Vigilance

Jean Honoré Fragonard French

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The female figure is not a portrait sitter but a model in allegorical guise, and the oil lamp and books are traditional symbols of vigilance. Fragonard paints in wide liquid strokes, stopping for few details, in a style typical of his work in the 1770s.

Allegory of Vigilance, Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris), Oil on canvas

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