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The Warrior, the Reader, the Writer: Fantasy Figures in French Period Film

November 25 - December 1

To complement the exhibition Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures, which brings together fourteen paintings by rococo artist Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806) representing preening individuals in masquerade costume, each with an attribute of a different profession, this series presents three French films set in the eighteenth-century that convey a similar ethos. Character types as much as portraits, fantasy figures (in painting and film) offer viewpoints into different walks of life. Three of the most compelling paintings, including the Gallery’s own Young Girl Reading, provide the point of departure into this cinematic exploration of professional life in eighteenth-century France.

image from Beaumarchais, l’insolent
courtesy New Yorker Films / Photofest

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