National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: 18th-Century France — Boucher and Fragonard

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image of The Bath of Venus image of Diana and Endymion image of A Game of Horse and Rider
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image of The Swing image of Family Portrait image of Young Girl Reading
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1François Boucher, The Bath of Venus, 1751
2Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Diana and Endymion, c. 1753/1756
3Jean-Honoré Fragonard, A Game of Horse and Rider, c. 1775/1780
4Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing, c. 1775/1780
5François-Hubert Drouais, Family Portrait, 1756
6Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading, c. 1770
7Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Visit to the Nursery, c. 1775
8Hubert Robert, The Ponte Salario, c. 1775