Jean-Claude Richard, abbé of Saint-Non

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Jean-Claude Richard, Abbot of Saint-Non, Dressed 'à l'Espagnole'
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Artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard
Year Circa 1769
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 93.8 cm × 73.8 cm (36.9 in × 29.1 in)
Location Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

The Jean-Claude Richard, Abbot of Saint-Non, Dressed à l'Espagnole is a painting by Jean-Honoré Fragonard conserved at the National Art Museum of Catalonia.[1]

Description[edit]

The knight, with his arrogant pose, is sitting beside a fountain in which his horse is drinking. He is dressed à l'espagnole, an expression which in eighteenth-century France was used to refer to picturesque or fancy attire, and had no bearing on the Spanish fashions of the time. In fact, dress a l'espagnole was inspired by French fashions from the time of Henry IV and Louis XIII. The picture is a work from the artist's youth, painted on a trip he made to Italy with his friend and patron Jean-Claude Richard. Fragonard was one of the last representatives of rococo art and this work shows his most characteristic style: touches of light material known as 'virtuosity of speed'.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guide of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. MNAC, 2004. ISBN 84-8043-136-9
  2. ^ The artwork at MNAC's Website

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