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The Armoire

A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.




Jean Honoré Fragonard
French, 1732-1806

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The Rococo taste for narrative led the great painter and printmaker Jean-Honoré Fragonard to devote his largest etching to a risqué domestic drama. A young woman and her paramour have been interrupted in a compromising position by her parents. The rumpled state of the bedclothes alone would have roused their ire, but they have also discovered the young man hiding in their daughter’s closet. The mortified young man’s strategically positioned hat leaves both the parents and viewers in little doubt of his dishonorable intentions. The girl stands barefoot and weeping in the corner out of modesty and fear, unable to meet her furious parents’ gaze.


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Jean Honoré Fragonard


The Armoire


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching on ivory laid paper


Image: 34.2 × 46.1 cm (13 1/2 × 18 3/16 in.); Plate: 42 × 55.2 cm (16 9/16 × 21 3/4 in.); Sheet: 49.3 × 65.2 cm (19 7/16 × 25 11/16 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Woods Fund

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