Drawings by Fragonard in North American Collections
April 21, 1979 to June 3, 1979
The Frick Collection presented an exhibition entitled "Fragonard Drawings in North American Collections," previously shown at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and at the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge. This important and beautiful exhibition, curated by Eunice Williams, Assistant Curator of Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum, was comprised of sixty-three drawings by Fragonard, along with a few comparative examples of work by contemporary French artists.
Throughout the duration of the Fragonard exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection exhibited all fourteen of its canvases composing Jean-Honoré Fragonard's The Progress of Love, an ensemble that Pierre Rosenberg, chief curator of paintings at the Louvre, succinctly describes in his catalogue of the exhibition as "the artist’s masterpiece."
Filmed in the Frick Collection’s Fragonard Room, this fourteen-minute video provides an in-depth look into the history of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s Progress of Love, a series of fourteen paintings considered by many to be the artist’s masterpiece. The intriguing story behind the commission, rejection, and rehousing of Fragonard’s paintings is brought to life by Colin B. Bailey, former Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick (now Director of Museums at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco).