Sketches of boxers, of ballet-girls, and of racehorses alternated with a sensuous Fragonard
, a martial Girardet, and a dreamy Turner.
Named one of America's top 25 museums by Travel Holiday, the Norton Simon features masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, Fragonard
, and Rembrandt.
The blurred, scribbled drawing by Jean-Honore Fragonard
(1732-1806) will disappoint admirers used to the clarity of his paintings and engravings, but it is no more than a working draft for an illustration intended for an edition of Ariosto's epic, Orlando Furioso.
Perhaps in compensation for ravaged cherry blossoms and blighted magnolias, there are pastoral images throughout the collection, from a scrupulous study of a bird's wing by a Hans Hoffmann (a late-sixteenth-century follower of Durer) to a gorgeous study of the grounds of the Villa d'Este, made by the young Jean-Honore Fragonard
during a sojourn in Italy.
The first story, "Swinging," was inspired by a Fragonard
painting of a girl on a swing, attended by two men.
Fidgeta in art, spanning works from the Byzantine era (if questionable) to Fragonard
In all, an amazing 30,000 designs were created at Jouy through the years, many of them the work of legendary 18th century artists such as the great Boucher and Fragonard
Inspired by Fragonard
and Watteau, Luisa Spinatelli created seventeenthcentury vistas of rolling countryside and pillared palaces straight from a gallery's paintings.
His writings have also taken him into studies of eighteenth-century European personalities such as Casanova, Vivant Denon, and Fragonard
The mantle once worn by Rubens, Fragonard
, and Cezanne now somehow is cast over a ham named Annie Sprinkle, who allows us to peer at her cervix with a speculum.
Expertly lit (by Andre Diot), the Fragonard
-like sets by Ezio Toffolutti, who also directed the production, atmospherically depicted the surrounding Venetian lagoon as seen from the city
van Stam, Irena Backus, Marie-Madeleine Fragonard
, and Mario Turchetti explore the polemics surrounding Calvin and the Reformation.