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Fragonard’s Progress of Love at The Frick Collection

Published by GILES in association with The Frick Collection


Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 192 pages, 270 x 205 mm (8 x 10 5/8 in.), portrait

Illustrations — 135 colour

Format — Hardback

ISBN — 978-1-904832-60-7

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Sales Points

Winner of the AAMC award for Outstanding Catalogue Based on a Permanent Collection ”It should appeal to a wide public, attracted by the opulence of the illustrations and by a clear and dynamic text” Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey, The Burlington Magazine "gives rare insight into the world of eighteenth-century French taste and patronage, as well as the history of European and American collecting" The Magazine Antiques "it is almost as pleasurable to encounter as the paintings themselves" Karen Wilkin, The Wall Street Journal "a wonderful book about the life of an artist's work and how it transcends its own history" New York Social Diary "If all you know about Fragonard is his 1767 “Swing,” you are in for a great treat" Bobbie Leigh, Everett Potter’s Travel Report

About the Book

This richly illustrated volume reveals the intriguing story behind the commission, rejection, and rehousing of Jean- Honoré Fragonard’s Progress of Love, a series of 14 paintings considered by many to be the artist’s masterpiece. Fragonard (1732–1806) completed four large canvases for the comtesse du Barry’s chateau at Louveciennes, but they were replaced and returned to the artist. In 1790 Fragonard moved them to his cousin’s house in Grasse, and over the course of the year painted two further large-scale works and 18 additional panels. With 140 colour images of the Fragonard paintings, details, shots of the room, plans, original sketches, and other comparative images, author Colin Bailey explores the commission of the four main panels, their original arrangement at Louveciennes and the possible reasons for their rejection. Equally enthralling is the history of how the paintings were rediscovered in the late 19th century and how they eventually came to The Frick Collection.

About the Author(s)

Colin B. Bailey is Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection, New York. Recent publications include Watteau to Degas: French Drawings from the Frits Lugt Collection (2009); Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724–1780) (2007); and The Age of Watteau, Chardin and Fragonard: Masterpieces of 18th-century French Genre Painting (2003).