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The First of the Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is on View at the Kimbell Art Museum

The Warrior by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, c. 1769 (photo courtesy theSterling and Francine Clark Art Institute)

The Warrior by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, c. 1769 (photo courtesy theSterling and Francine Clark Art Institute)

An important painting by the celebrated French Rococo painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard is on view at the Kimbell Art Museum today, as part of its ongoing “Guest of Honor” series. Fragonard’s Warrior, 1769, is on loan to the Museum from the esteemed collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and will be on view through June 17, 2012, during the much-anticipated exhibition from the same institution, The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard is one of the greatest figures of eighteenth-century French art. His painting is on view with works by his forebears—Watteau, Chardin, and his teacher, Boucher—as well as his contemporaries—Greuze and Vigée LeBrun. The Warrior was executed in the late 1760s as part of a 14-work series of fantasy portraits. The series, now dispersed to museums worldwide, is noted for the artist’s dazzling technique—he braggingly inscribed the phrase “painted by Monsieur Fragonard in one hour” on the canvas in the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

Admission is always free to view works in the “Guest of Honor” series and the Museum’s permanent collection.

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