A Young Girl Reading

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A Young Girl Reading
Fragonard, The Reader.jpg
Artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard
Year c. 1776
Type Oil-on-canvas
Dimensions 81.1 cm × 64.8 cm (31 1516 in × 25 12 in)
Location National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States

A Young Girl Reading, or The Reader (French: La Liseuse), is an 18th-century oil painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. The painting was given to the National Gallery of Art Washington, DC by the daughter of Andrew W. Mellon following her father's death.[1]

The painting features an unidentified girl wearing a yellow saffron dress, though x-rays have revealed that the canvas originally featured a different image which Fragonard painted over.[2][3] It is one in a series of paintings by Fragonard featuring young girls.[4]


  1. ^ Bergman-Carton, Janis (1995). The Woman of Ideas in French Art, 1830-1848. Yale University Press. pp. xi. ISBN 0-300-05380-0. 
  2. ^ Bailey, Colin B. (2003). The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting. Yale University Press. pp. 286–287. ISBN 0-300-09946-0. 
  3. ^ Taft, W. Stanley (2000). The Science of Paintings. Springer Press. pp. 79–80. ISBN 0-387-98722-3. 
  4. ^ Southgate, M. Therese (2001). The Art of Jama II: Covers and Essays from the Journal of the American Medical Association. AMA Bookstore. p. 70. ISBN 1-57947-159-5. 

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