Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Les Deux Amies by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Here, as part of eighteenth century month, we have a rather saucy painting of two girls kissing, by that master of eighteenth century playful sensuality, Fragonard (1732-1806).  To add to the frisson, one is naked and one is fully dressed.  Interestingly, the clothed girl has much darker skin than the naked one.  At a time when a pale complexion was fashionable could this mean that the darker skinned girl is, perhaps, a servant of her mistress.  Perhaps she was selected from the women working in the fields on madame's estate for some indoor recreation.

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