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Attributed to school of �Fragonard, Jean-Honoré (French painter, 1732-1806) , Child's Head

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Title Child's Head
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Attributed to school of Fragonard, Jean-Honoré (French painter, 1732-1806)
Previously attributed to school of Greuze, Jean-Baptiste (French painter and draftsman, 1725-1805)
Date Earliest possibly 1780
Date Latest possibly 1800
Description This painting of a child's head was previously thought to be by Jean Baptiste Greuze, a genre and portrait painter, but the technique is weak in comparison. The small panel carries similar stylistic traits to the art of Fragonard, the great Rococo artist, but the eyes of the child fail to show the style and technique of a competent artist. It is probably painted by a follower of Fragonard, who produced many studies of children's heads in the later part of his artistic life. Fragonard spent the last few years of his life in obscurity but has subsequently been regarded as one of the greatest poetic artists of the eighteenth century.
Current Accession Number 225
Inscription front ll 'B. L.'(?)
Subject figure
Measurements 18.4 x 15.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Publications The McLellan Gallery, Catalogue of Pictures, bequeathed to The People of Glasgow by the late Archibald McLellan for many years a Magistrate of the City, Glasgow, 1855; French Paintings and Drawings Illustrated Summary Catalogue, Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 1985, p. 61.
Notes Labels on back 'no. 191'; Small rectangular patch containing 'B. L.' apparently cut around with knife.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Georgia Toutziari



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