The Happy Mother  1760

by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Rather few eighteenth-century French artists would have painted a laundry, which is evidently what we see here. The canvas dates to about 1760, toward the end of Fragonard's first trip to Italy. His impetuous technique falls between the usual stages of preparatory sketch and finished work. The surface has suffered wear and damage, but the central figure group is intact. Fr...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art