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A Young Girl Reading

Fragonard, The Reader

“A Young Girl Reading” by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Essential Facts:

  • Title:             A Young Girl Reading
  • Artist:           Jean-Honoré Fragonard
  • Created:       1770
  • Media:          Oil-on-canvas
  • Movement  Rococo
  • Dimensions: 81.1 cm × 64.8 cm ( 31 15⁄16 in ×  25 1⁄2 in)
  • Museum:     National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., United States

Artist:

  • Name:               Jean-Honoré Fragonard
  • Born:                 1732 – Grasse, France
  • Died:                 1806 (aged 74) – Paris, France
  • Nationality:     French
  • Notable works:
    • The Swing,
    • A Young Girl Reading,
    • The Bolt

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“The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.” Eugene Delacroix

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Photo Credit 1) Jean-Honoré Fragonard [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons