Ca. 1800-1806 - oil on canvas
Louvre Museum – on loan to Villa Musée Fragonard
Inv. D 1950.1.2
Round, plump, spry, always alert, always gay...
This image of Master Frago with his chubby red cheeks, sparkling eyes and dishevelled hair was a widely accepted one.
But was Fragonard really the carefree, smiling old man depicted by legend? Was he always the joyous companion ready for any prank described by nineteenth-century biographers?
In this self-portrait at a later age, he seems rather modest and unsure of himself, a secret, shadowy man who questions his essence while observing himself through the spectator's eyes.