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An image of Rinaldo in the gardens of Armida by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

(France 1732 – 1806)

Title
Rinaldo in the gardens of Armida
Year
1761-1764
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
brush and brown ink over black chalk underdrawing
Dimensions

35.5 x 46.3 cm sheet; 65.0 x 74.6 x 3.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of James Fairfax AC 1993
Accession number
485.1993
Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
Further information

Fragonard spent almost six years in Italy and this drawing takes as its subject an episode from the Italian writer Tasso's epic 'Jerusalem delivered'. Having fallen in love with the Christian warrior Rinaldo, Armida entices him into her enchanted garden to prevent him returning to the war. Lully's opera 'Armide' was performed in Paris in 1761, and this perhaps partly inspired Fragonard. It is not certain whether this drawing - and its pendant 'Rinaldo in the enchanted forest' - were done before or after the two oil paintings of the same composition. This wash drawing gives the effect of a painting. Fragonard was the typical Rococo painter of lighthearted and gallant subjects during the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI. The French Revolution put an end to his patrons and Fragonard died almost forgotten.

Bibliography (13)

A. Ananoff, The Connoisseur, 'Drawings by J.H. Fragonard for "Jerusalem Delivered"', pg.12-16, London, Jan 1968, 13 (illus.). figure 4

Alexandre Ananoff, L'oeuvre dessine´ de Jean-Honore´ Fragonard (1732-1806), Paris, 1961-1970, vol.3, 1968. cat.no. 1702, fig. 435

Art Gallery of New South Wales, The James Fairfax collection of old masters, Sydney, 1992. no catalogue numbers

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Great gifts, great patrons: an exhibition celebrating private patronage of the Gallery, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 1994, Sydney, 1994, 44.

Richard Beresford and Peter Raissis, The James Fairfax collection of old master paintings, drawings and prints, Sydney, 2003, 7 (colour illus.), 84-87, 85 (colour illus.). cat.no. 22, illustration on page 7 is a detail

Jean-Pierre Cuzin, Jean-Honore´ Fragonard: life and work: complete catalogue of the oil paintings, New York, 1988, 252. note 6

Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg. 108-172, Sydney, 1994, 123 (colour illus.).

Renée Free, Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, 'Rococo landscape', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 1995, 3, 6.

Galerie Georges Petit, Chardin et Fragonard, Paris, 1907, 12. cat.no. 162

Pierre Rosenberg, Fragonard, Paris, 1987, 159-160, 160 (illus.). figure 1, as whereabouts unknown

Denys Sutton, Fragonard, 1980. under no. 37

Editor Unknown (Editor), Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 'Chronique des Arts' suppliment, Unknown, Mar 1994, 34 (illus.). no. 145

Exhibition history (7)

Chardin et Fragonard, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1907–1907

The James Fairfax collection of old masters, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Apr 1992–14 Jun 1992

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994

Forest and field: from Claude to the Barbizon School, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Jul 1995–17 Sep 1995

The James Fairfax collection of old master paintings, drawings and prints, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Apr 2003–20 Jul 2003

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014