Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 February 2007

208 Pages | 55 Illustrations, black & white, 16 Illustrations, colour

9.4 x 6.7 inches

ISBN: 9780719075162

Bookseller Code (06)


Fragonards playful paintings

Visual games in rococo art

Jennifer Milam

Published by Manchester University Press

Critical Perspectives in Art History MUP

  • The first book to relate the quest for amusement in eighteenth-century France to the pervasive appearance of play as subject in Rococo art
  • Fragonard is one of the most well-known artists of the Rococo style, and this book explores many of his most famous paintings, such as Happy Hazards of the Swing
  • The audience for the book extends beyond art historians to readers interested in the social and cultural history of eighteenth-century France, including such topics as leisure, games, childhood, pedagogy, aristocracy, sensation and imagination
  • Close readings of Fragonard's paintings and drawings provide readers with insight into the technique, composition, and form that contribute to the visual effect of his images
  • The deeper meaning of the seemingly frivolous Rococo is revealed through comprehensive analyses situating the subject, theme and style within a socio-historical context

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