Fragonard Philosopher Reappears

March 25 2021

Image of Fragonard Philosopher Reappears

Picture: Gazette Drouot

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A long lost painting of a philosopher by Fragonard has been rediscovered in Champagne, France, by the auctioneers Petit et le cabinet Turquin. The painting was known only by written references before now. As is evident from the fabulous brushwork, the painting channels the energy of seventeenth century painters including the likes of Frans Hals and Rembrandt. However, it is perhaps the lighter palette that gives it away as a painting of the late eighteenth century. A corresponding work from the same series, dating to 1764, is found in the Kunsthalle Hamburg.

The painting will be offered for sale later this year with an estimate of €1.5m - €2m.

Here is the write-up from La Tribune de 'Art.

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