THE COLLECTION
A Boy as Pierrot
  • Date: c. 1785
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 59.8 x 49.7 cm
  • Inv: P412
  • Location: Great Gallery
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Description
Provenance
Further Reading
  • The painting shows the 'portrait de fantaisie' of a boy in a theatre costume that is too large for his age. It follows the template of Dutch head-studies in a costume (tronies) and adapts them to the world of the Commedia dell'Arte and the Fête galante. Fragonard also aims to evoke the sense of a pastel, a fashionable eighteenth-century technique. The combination of these traits is typical of Fragonard's intelligent play with painterly genres and styles.

    The miniatures produced by Fragonard’s wife Anne-Marie Gérard are stylistically related and probably date from the same period. One of them follows the Wallace painting closely (London, Christie's, 27/28 November 2012, lot 441). Originally, the painting had a pendant of a girl in a pearl necklace (Los Angeles, County Museum of Art) that was also formerly in the Livois collection.