Bacchanale

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806)

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Freely inspired by the ancient relief sculptures Fragonard had seen in Herculaneum in 1761, his four etched Bacchanals depict satyrs and nymphs disporting themselves in lush settings of his own invention.

"Etchings serve to faithfully and energetically record the happiest thoughts of the artist. We rejoice in a quantity of etchings by the most celebrated painters."

-- François-Charles Joullain, 1786

Purchased with money from the Carl H. Lieber Fund for the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1949.

Object Information

artist
Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806)
creation date
1763
materials
etching
dimensions
5-3/8 x 7-7/8 in. (image)
7-7/8 x 10-1/2 in. (sheet)
mark descriptions
signed in the plate, L.L.: "Frago"
accession number
49.63
credit line
Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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