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Boy with a Peep Show

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Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Boy with a Peep Show, 1780, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase: Purchased from the Bowles Estate, with funds provided by the Ella M. Hirsch, Helen Thurston Ayer, Caroline Ladd Pratt, and Museum Auction Funds, public domain, 54.22

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Title

Boy with a Peep Show

Artist

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806)

Date

1780

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

15 1/2 in x 11 3/4 in

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Purchased from the Bowles Estate, with funds provided by the Ella M. Hirsch, Helen Thurston Ayer, Caroline Ladd Pratt, and Museum Auction Funds

Accession Number

54.22

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

children

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

portraits

Rococo

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Mary and Pete Mark Gallery

Description

This painting of a boy and its pendant of a girl depict Savoyards, natives of the region bordering France in northern Italy, and familiar figures throughout France in the eighteenth century as entertainers. The boy shows us a coin, possibly a payment to view his magic lantern peep show. While images of such charming, exotic figures were based in reality, Fragonard developed the theme into lively fantasy portraits, which were so well received that he painted several versions.

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