The National Museum of Western Art

update 03 July 2017

on display Permanent Collection

Jean-Honoré Fragonard [Grasse, 1732 - Paris, 1806]

Landscape with Shepherds and Flock of Sheep

Datec. 1763-65
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)52 x 73
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Cuzin 109
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.2000-0001
Landscape with Shepherds and Flock of Sheep

The painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard was a master of the eighteenth-century French Rococo style. This work was one of a series of landscapes he produced immediately after returning to France from studying in Rome. The lively atmosphere pervading the picture bespeaks of his time in Italy, whereas the details of delicate sunlight breaking through clouds and light effects playing over the shepherds show the influence of Dutch landscape painting. The brilliance of the soft colors and brushwork usher us completely into the world of eighteenth-century painting. (Source: Gallery label, July 2016)

Provenance

Paris, Vente, 15 novembre 1779, lot 35 (?); Paris, Vent Saint, 4 mai 1846, lot 75 (?); Paris, Vente Mme D., 13 novembre 1860, lot 10 bis; Camille Marcille, Paris (son cachet est apposé au dos de la toile, Lugt 605a); Paris, Vente Marquis d'Ivry, 31 mars 1914, lot 60; Louis Renault, Paris; Didier Aaron & Cie, Paris; Purchased by the NMWA, 2001.

Exhibition History

2007
Gods and Nature: The Essence of European Art from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Himeji City Museum of Art, 4 November 2007 - 2 December 2007, cat. no. 14
2007
Gods and Nature: The Essence of European Art from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, 11 December 2007 - 3 February 2008, cat. no. 14
2012
Hubert Robert: Les jardins du Temps, The National Museum of Western Art, 6 March 2012 - 20 May 2012, cat. no. 55

Bibliography

1899
Portalis, B. Honoré Fragonard, sa vie et son œuvre. Paris, 1899, P. 284.
1960
Wildenstein, G. The Paintings of Fragonard. Aylesbury, 1960, p. 226, no.125, reproduced fig. 77.
1972
Mandel, G. L'opera completa di Fragonard. Milano, 1972, no. 175, repr.
1987
Cuzin, J.-P. Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Fribourg, 1987, p. 75, repr. fig. 98, p. 279, no. 109.
1988
Fragonard (exh. cat.). Rosenberg, P. Grand Palais, Paris, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1988-89, p. 185, repr. fig. 3.
1988
Cuzin, Jean-Pierre. Jean-Honoré Fragonard: life and work: complete catalogue of the oil paintings. New York, Abrams, 1988, p. 75, repr. fig. 98, p. 280, no. 109.
2002
New Acquisitions. Annual bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 35 (Apr. 2000-Mar. 2001), 2002, Takahashi, Akiya. pp. 11-13, List of New Acquisitions. p. 35, col. repr.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 66, col. repr.

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