Don Juan and the Commander's Statue (Last Scene of Mozart's Don Giovanni)

Alexandre Evariste Fragonard French

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Alexandre Evariste Fragonard was the son of the late Rococo painter Jean Honoré Fragonard. He trained in the studio of Jacques Louis David, but his early Neoclassical manner eventually gave way to a more Romantic sensibility. Here he depicts the final dramatic scene from Mozart’s opera "Don Giovanni," a subject he treated in multiple versions. After killing in a duel the father of a young woman he tried to seduce, Don Giovanni later encounters his memorial statue in a graveyard. The statue comes to life seeking revenge and sends the unrepentant Don Juan to hell.

Don Juan and the Commander's Statue (Last Scene of Mozart's Don Giovanni), Alexandre Evariste Fragonard (French, Grasse 1780–1850 Paris), Graphite, pen and brown ink, watercolor, heightened with gum arabic

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