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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1955.186
People
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French (Grasse 1732 - 1806 Paris)
Title
Reverie
Other Titles
Former Title: Young Girl Abandoned
Original Language Title: L'Abandonnée
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
drawing
Date
c. 1790
Culture
French
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Brown and gray wash, black chalk, and traces of red chalk heightened with gum arabic(?) on cream antique laid paper prepared with gum arabic, laid down on a decorated mount
Dimensions
33.8 x 24.9 cm (13 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.)
framed: 55.88 x 47.94 x 6.35 cm (22 x 18 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: indecipherable
  • inscription: none
Provenance
Hippolyte Walferdin, Paris; his estate sale, Drouot (Escribe), Paris, 12-16 April 1880, lot 209, sold; to Albert Meyer, Paris; Camille Groult, Paris (by 1889); Wildenstein and Co., New York (by 1921), sold; to Charles E. Dunlap, New York, gift; to Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Charles E. Dunlap, inv. no. 1955.186
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Charles E. Dunlap
Accession Year
1955
Object Number
1955.186
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt, L'art du dix-huitième siècle, A. Quantin (Paris, 1880-1882), vol. 2, p. 336

Baron Roger Portalis, Honoré Fragonard, sa vie et son oeuvre, J. Rothschild (Paris, 1889), vol. 1, pp. iii, 100-101, vol. 2, p. 294

Georges Wildenstein, Exposition d’œuvres de J.-H. Fragonard, exh. cat., Presses de Frazier-Soye (Paris, 1921), cat. no. 205, p. 57

Louis Réau, Fragonard: sa vie et son oeuvre, Elsevier (Brussels, 1956), p. 196

Alexandre Ananoff, L'Œuvre dessiné de Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), Libraire F. de Nobele (Paris, 1961-1970), vol. 2, cat. no. A.723, p. 68, vol. 3, n.p.

Harry D.M. Grier, ed., The Frick Collection: An Illustrated Catalogue, Princeton University Press (Princeton, 1968-2003), vol. 2, pp. 112, 120-n.33

Edgar Munhall, “Fragonard’s Studies for ‘The Progress of Love’", Apollo Publications Inc. (London, 1971), May, pp. 400-407, pp. 406-407

Eunice Williams, Drawings by Fragonard in North American Collections, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, 1978), cat. no. 61, pp. 150-51

Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), cat. no. 277, p. 237

Pierre Rosenberg, Fragonard, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, 1987-1988), cat. no. 156, p. 331

Eunice Williams, "Gens, Honorez Fragonard!": Works from the Collections of Harvard University and Harvard Friends, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1993), cat. no. 28, n.p.

James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), pp. 224-25

Andrei Molotiu, “’The Progress of Love’ and the Magic Garden: Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Decorative Ensemble for the Villa Maubert in Grasse", Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Gazette des Beaux-Arts (Paris, 2001), ser. 6, vol. 137, no. 1585, pp. 91-114, p. 112-n.25

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., "To Delight the Eye": French Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Charles E. Dunlap, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 2005), cat. no. 9, pp. 8, 12

Matthias Waschek, Marjorie B. Cohn, Judith Mann, and Stephan Wolohojian, Ideal [Dis-] Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, exh. cat., Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, 2008), cat. no. 37, pp. 34, 37

Marie-Anne Dupuy-Vachey, "Review: Fragonard's Progress of Love at the Frick Collection", The Burlington Magazine, The Burlington Magazine Publications, Ltd. (London, 2013), vol. 155, May, pp. 335-36, p. 336-n.7

Exhibition History

Exposition d’œuvres de J.-H. Fragonard, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, 06/07/1921 - 07/10/1921

Drawings by Fragonard in North American Collections, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 11/19/1978 - 01/21/1979; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 02/16/1979 - 04/01/1979; The Frick Collection, New York, 04/20/1979 - 06/03/1979

Fragonard, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, 09/24/1987 - 01/04/1988; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 02/02/1988 - 05/08/1988

“Gens, Honorez Fragonard!”: Works from the Collection of Harvard University and Harvard Friends, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/15/1993 - 07/11/1993

"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

Ideal [Dis-] Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, 10/24/2008 - 10/03/2009

32Q: 2220 18th-19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/19/2017 - 09/13/2017

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