Coresus at Callirhoe by Jean-Honore Fragonard

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Coresus at Callirhoe by Jean-Honore Fragonard Coresus at Callirhoe by Jean-Honore Fragonard

Artist: Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732 – 1806)

Nationality: French

Completion Date: 1765

Style: Rococo

Genre: Literary Painting

Media: Oil on Canvas

Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris

This painting was one of the few in which Fragonard tackled the history painting. Its successful completion allowed Fragonard entrance into the Academy as a “history painter,” although he soon abandoned this style and began painting his frivolous hedonistic paintings for the wealthy. This painting was bought by the King, and reproduced at the Gobelins factory, a tapestry factory in Paris, France. Although it does not have Fragonard’s typical playful elements, such as blushing cheek and simple caresses, as it is a serious work, it does have an underlying current of love and eroticism, which continued to be a theme running throughout his paintings.

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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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