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The Stolen Kiss

Jean-Honore Fragonard

Oil on canvas; 45 x 55 cm

Fragonard created this picture in the late 1780s as a continuation of his series on Kisses. The scene is lyrical and somewhat sentimental. The girl's face recalls Fragonard's daughter. In his late works the artist rendered the texture and fabrics in the manner of 17th-century Dutch genre painters. Demonstrating a virtuoso mastery of light and shade, the artist sought to render thoroughly the details of the interior, the glistening silk, the transparency of the light scarf, and the pattern of the lace.

 

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