Playful Constructions and Fragonard's Swinging Scenes

  title={Playful Constructions and Fragonard's Swinging Scenes},
  author={J. Milam},
  journal={Eighteenth-Century Studies},
  pages={543 - 559}
  • J. Milam
  • Published 2000
  • History
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies
Happy Hazards of the Swing is Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s most familiar painting, held to be highly representative of its time, a paradigm of rococo pleasure and aristocratic decadence (fig.1).1 Since 1982, when Donald Posner published his compelling analysis of the swinging-woman motif, interpretation of the scene has been guided by iconographic readings of female fickleness and erotic love.2 An emblematic tradition denoting inconstancy partially informs depictions of swinging women. Yet, when… Expand
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