National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

Image: The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting

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Exhibition Overview

Exhibition Feature

Works by
Antoine Watteau
in the Gallery's Collection

Works by
Jean Siméon Chardin
in the Gallery's Collection

Works by
Jean-Honoré Fragonard
in the Gallery's Collection

Lecture Abstracts

View Related Collection Tours
The Rococo and Watteau

Chardin and Portraiture

Boucher and Fragonard

Press Materials

Image: Jean Siméon Chardin, The House of Cards, c. 1735  This installation of approximately 106 key paintings spanning the entire 18th century constitutes the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to genre painting--scenes from daily life, real and imagined--in French art of the Old Regime. The exhibition charts the development and transformations of an art that formed a constantly changing mirror of Parisian social life and culture. The exhibition includes Antoine Watteau's fêtes galantes; Boucher's lyrical pastorals; Jean Siméon Chardin's dignified representations of bourgeois life; Jean-Baptiste Greuze's more sentimental dramas; Jean-Honoré Fragonard's dangerous liaisons; and Louis-Léopold Boilly's polished interiors and Paris street scenes at the end of the century. The exhibition complements Colorful Impressions: The Printmaking Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France.