Artist Jean Honoré Fragonard, French, 1732-1806
  • Landscape with Passing Shower
  • The Glade (alternate title)
  • Landscape with a Horseman (alternate title)
  • La Clairière (alternate title)
  • Paysage au Cavalier (alternate title)
Date between 1765 and 1775
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 15 × 18 inches (38.1 × 45.7 cm)
Framed: 21 11/16 × 24 5/8 × 2 5/8 inches (55.1 × 62.5 × 6.7 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb
Accession Number 48.215
Department European Painting
On View Fashionable Living: S330.5, Level 3 (see map)
May 19-20, 1876, Huot-Fragonard sale (Paris, France) lot 55 [for 410 francs];
Baron Etienne Martin de Beurnonville [d. 1876] (Paris, France);
January 30-31, 1885, sold by (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, France) auction de Beurnonville, lot 138 [for 695 francs];
by 1928, (Gallery Cailleux, Paris, France);
David David-Weill (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France);
by 1937, (Wildenstein and Co., Inc., New York, New York, USA);
until 1948, (Arnold Seligmann-Helft Corp., New York, New York, USA);
1948-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Pannier, H. "Catalogue des oeuvres peintes de Jean-Honoré Fragonard qui ont passé en vente publique depuis 1770 jusqu'en 1905." in P. de Nolhac, J.-H. Fragonard, 1732-1806. Paris, 1906 p. 134. [as Les bergers.]

Henriot, G. Collection David-Weill, Peintures. Paris, vol. 1, 1926, pp. 115-117 (ill.).

David-Weill Pictures. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. New York, 1937, no. 15.

Landscape Painting from Patinir to Hubert Robert. Exh. cat., Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, 1941, p. 26, no. 57.

Wilhelm, J. "Fragonard as a Painter of Realistic Landscapes." The Art Quarterly 11 (1948): p. 299 (ill.) (fig. 3); p. 304, note 4.

Grigaut, P.L. "A Realistic Landscape by Fragonard." DIA Bulletin 28, no. 1 (1948): 14-17, p. 16 (ill.).

Eighteenth Century Art of France and England. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts. Montreal, 1950, p. 11, no. 24.

Richardson, E.P. Catalogue of the Paintings and Sculpture Given by Edgar B. Whitcomb and Anna Scripps Whitcomb to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1954, pp. 76-77 (ill.).

Réau, L. Fragonard, sa vie et son oeuvre. Brussels, 1956, p. 186 [as Paysage au taureau blanc]; p. 84 [as La Clairière.].

Wildenstein, G. The Paintings of Fragonard. London, 1960, p. 236, no. 176; p. 238 (ill.) (fig. 94).

Wilhelm. "Fragonard." mimeographed, 1960, p. 181.

Wildenstein, D. and G. Mandel. L'opera completa di Fragonard. Milan, 1972, p. 94, no. 189.

Three Masters of Landscape: Fragonard, Robert, and Boucher. Exh. cat., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, 1981, no. 22, p. 34 (ill.).

Russell, J. "Three French Landscapists with a Common Vision." New York Times, Nov 29, 1981, n.p.

Zafran, E.M. The Rococo Age, French Masterpieces of the Eighteenth Century. Exh. cat., High Museum of Art. Atlanta, 1983, p. 138, no. 66, p. 130 (ill.).

Rosenberg, P. "Fragonard and the Dutch Landscape." Fragonard. Exh. cat., Grand Palais and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paris and New York, p. 185 (fig. 5).

Cuzin, J.-P. Jean-Honoré Fragonard: Life and Work. New York, 1988, pp. 196-197 (fig. 240); p. 287, no. 141 [as Landscape with a horseman, The Glade, or The Shepherds.]

Rosenberg, P. Tout l'oeuvre peint de Fragonard. Paris, 1989, p. 87, no. 141. [as Paysage à l'averse, avec Bergers et Cavalières, ca.1761-1765 or 1766-1768.]