The First Steps
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1961.166
People
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French (Grasse 1732 - 1806 Paris)
Marguerite Gérard, French ( 1761 - 1837)
Title
The First Steps
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1780-c. 1785
Culture
French
Location
Level 2, Room 2220, European and American Art, 17th–19th century
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
44.5 x 55.3 cm (17 1/2 x 21 3/4 in.)
frame: 64.5 x 74.5 cm (25 3/8 x 29 5/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Charles E. Dunlap
Accession Year
1961
Object Number
1961.166
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
Publication History

Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, exh. cat., Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT, 1967)

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY, 1967), cat. 30

James N. Carpenter, Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1974), p. 74, cat. 34, ill.

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990)

Eunice Williams, "Gens, Honorez Fragonard!" Works from the Collections of Harvard University and Harvard Friends, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1993), checklist no. 22, discussed and repr. in unpaginated essay

Richard Rand, Intimate Encounters: Love and Domesticity in Eighteenth-century France, exh. cat., Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ, 1997), no. 41, pp. 182-184, repr. in color

Pierre Rosenberg, From drawing to painting: Poussin, Watteau, Fragonard, David & Ingres, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ, 2000), p. 170, repr. as fig. 216

Didier Aaron: 25 Years in New York, auct. cat., Didier Aaron (New York, NY, 2002), Première partie, cat. no. 20, fig. a repr. in b/w

Colin B. Bailey and Philip Conisbee, The Age of Watteau, Chardin, and Fragonard: Masterpieces of French Genre Painting , exh. cat., Yale University Press/National Gallery of Canada (New Haven and Ottawa, 2003), no. 87, pp. 298-299, repr. in color

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., "To Delight the Eye": French Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Charles E. Dunlap, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2005), repr. in color p. 4 as fig. 3; checklist no. 5, p. 11

"Harvard University Art Museums", Boston Annual Guide for the Arts (2005-2006), pp. 122-129, repr. p. 122

Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey, Fragonard, Editions Terrail (Paris, France, 2006), repr. in color pp. 226-227

Robert Neuman, Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture, Pearson Publishing (Boston, 2013), repr. in color p. 351 as fig. 12. 20; pp. 351-352

"Exhibitions", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, Winter 1993 - Winter 1994), vol. I, no. 2, repr. p. 34

Exhibition History

Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 05/08/1967 - 06/11/1967

Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 10/12/1967 - 12/03/1967

Color in Art: A Tribute to Arthur Pope, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/25/1974 - 06/16/1974

"Gens, Honorez Fragonard!", Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/15/1993 - 07/11/1993

Intimate encounters : love and domesticity in eighteenth-century France, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, 02/15/1998 - 05/10/1998; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 05/31/1998 - 08/23/1998; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, 10/04/1997 - 01/04/1998

"To Delight the Eye": French Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Charles E. Dunlap, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/17/2005 - 03/12/2006

Re-View: S424-426 Western Art from 1560 to 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 10 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 10/15/2010 - 11/06/2010

HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 11 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 10/07/2011 - 11/05/2011

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