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). Bailey leads viewers through the narrative of the Progress of Love, revealing the rich meanings imbedded in Fragonard’s paintings while also illuminating the artist’s exquisite technique. When viewed full frame, the film provides an immersive experience reminiscent of a private tour.
This high-definition video is the first of its kind produced by the Frick. The video was created by Frick team Lisa Candage Goble, Sean Troxell, and Michael Bodycomb in collaboration with Alexis Light and Nick Wise. A crew assembled by Mark Chamberlain, director of photography, filmed the production.