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Fragonard Events


Scents of the forbidden
The bold brush of m-Marguerite Gérard, Jean-Honoré Fragonard and their contemporaries

Curator: Carole Blumenfeld

Forbidden, concealed messages, boldly disrobed bodies, and ancient secrets... This year, Jean-Honoré Fragonard museum in Grasse lifts the veil on a delicate, charming way of life to reveal some of its hidden aspects, of the 18th and 19th centuries. At that time, Marguerite Gérard, Louis-Léopold Boilly, Michel Garnier, Louis-Rolland Trinquesse, Jean-Frédéric Schall and Henri-Nicolas Van Gorp devote a part of their work to images that never explicitly show a carnal exchange. When viewers today look at an 18th century canvas depicting a young man offering a damsel a rose amidst a bucolic setting, they perceive the delicateness of the gesture, but for the public of that time, on the eve of the French Revolution, such an apparently innocent scene was full of hidden messages. This highly informative, thorough and entertaining exhibit at the Musée Jean- Honoré Fragonard helps viewers to decode the several levels of meaning and the many unsaid subtleties in these paintings.

Parfums d'interdit Exhibition
From 26th May to 23rd September 2018

Museum Jean-Honoré Fragonard
14 rue Jean Ossola, Grasse
Tel: +33 (0)4 93 36 02 07
Open every day from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm (except Sundays in November)
Free entry

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