- Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures
- October 8 – December 3, 2017
- West Building, Main Floor
The 2012 discovery of a drawing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806) depicting his so-called fantasy figures is the inspiration behind a revelatory exhibition of the corresponding paintings. Fragonard’s drawing presents thumbnail-sized sketches relating to 14 of his known paintings—rapidly executed, brightly colored portraits of lavishly costumed individuals, including the Gallery’s own Young Girl Reading (c. 1770). On loan from international public and private collections, Fragonard’s fantasy figures will be assembled alongside his original sketch for the first time. The exhibition, as well as its fully illustrated accompanying catalog, presents scientific research into the mysterious series and examines the 18th-century Parisian world of new money, unexpected social alliances, and extravagant fashions from which these unique paintings emerged.
The exhibition is curated by Yuriko Jackall, assistant curator, department of French paintings, National Gallery of Art.
Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required
Introduction to the Exhibition—Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures
October 8 at 2:00
Fashion à la Figaro: Spanish Style on the French Stage
November 26 at 2:00
Audio and Video
- New Discoveries about "Young Girl Reading" by Jean-Honoré Fragonard
- Audio, Released: July 28, 2015, (38:26 minutes)