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Happy Accidents of the Swing

Jean-Honore Fragonard

Jean-Honore Fragonard

Fragonard (1732-1806) was an eighteenth century painter, the subject of his art tends to be romantic, and often playful scenes. For his most famous piece of art, Happy Accidents of the Swing, Fragonard was commissioned by a young nobleman to paint his mistress, in the painting Fragonard depicts a young man hidden in the bushes, watching a woman on a swing, being pushed by an elderly man. The elderly man is unaware of the lover. The painting is therefore a humorous metaphor for the young nobleman’s affair. Fragonard is also famous for painting a series which depicts the evolution of love.


Rocco is an eighteenth century art movement that can be found in architecture, painting, music, theatre, writing and interior design. It was particularly popular in France. Rocco was a reaction to Baroque as Rocco was more ornate and used lighter colours and asymmetrical designs, and unlike political Baroque (often influenced by the church), Rocco tended to have more playful themes. 

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