Objet phare des musées de Grasse

Jean-Honoré Fragonard Villa-Museum

Jean-Honoré Fragonard

05 June 2014 / 17h45

Self-portrait

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.