The schoolmistress by Jean Honoré Fragonard

 Fragonard, French, Rococo, schoolmistress,
Dites donc s’il vous plaît c. 1780. Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806)

Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806)

Dites donc s’il vous plaît (Say Please). Former title: La Maîtresse d’école, la Jeunesse comme la vieillesse a ses entêtements (The schoolmistress, Youth like old age has its stubbornness)

(In the Wallace Collection)


After his marriage Fragonard’s brush turned to the glorification of family life; and one of the most beautiful designs he conceived in this exquisite series was the picture of the schoolmistress and her small pupils-here chasteness of feeling has taken the place of levity; and purity of statement is evidenced even in the half-nude little fellow who is receiving his first lesson in culture.

Source: Fragonard by Haldane Macfall (1860-1928). Publisher London: T. C. & E. C. Jack; New York: F. A. Stokes, 1909.

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