artincontext Main Index   |   Welcome   |   Register   |   Edit

Jean-Honore Fragonard
Making Fritters
ca. 1782
Brown wash over graphite on paper

9 11/16 x 14 3/4 inches

J. Paul Getty Museum

Excerpt from:
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, "Making Fritters"

"One of the greatest draftsmen of all time, Fragonard is most famous for wash drawings such as this one. The frenzied joy of the scene, with its roaring fire and roiling mound of forms and faces, is matched by the surging energy with which he applied the media.

Fragonard began with a flurry of rapid-fire graphite lines that map out the complex, multi-figured composition. In a second attack, he loaded his brush with numerous gradations of warm brown wash. A third vital component is his use of the white paper (called the reserve) for the highest lights. The three elements of the graphite, the wash, and the paper interact dynamically to create a sense of evanescent movement and enveloping atmosphere. "


Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French, (1732-1806)
b. April 5, 1732, Grasse, France
d. 1806, Paris

Art in Context - Projects:
Art in Context - Art for the Day: April 5

© 1995-2018 Art in Context Center for Communications. All rights reserved.