Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732 - 1806 )
Jean Honore Fragonard was a French painter of the rococo age who became a favourite in the courts of Louis XV and Louis XV1 for his delicately coloured scenes of romance, often in garden settings. Fragonard was born in Grasse in 1732. He began to study painting at the age of 18 in Paris with Jean-Baptiste Chardin, but he formed his style principally on the work of his next master, Francois Boucher. Fragonard won the Prix de Rome in 1752 and after studying for three years with the French painter Carle Van loo, He studied and painted for six years in Italy. the French Revolution ( 1789-1799 ), which destroyed the nobility on which Fragonard depended for commissions, ruined him financially. Although befriended by Jacques Louis David, the leading painter of the new French classical school, Fragonard did not adjust to the new style and died poor in Paris in 1806.