Artist Jean Honoré Fragonard
French, 1732-1806
Title
  • The Shepherdess
  • Scenes of Country Life (#1 of 4) (Alternate Title)
Date between 1754 and 1755
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 58 1/2 × 36 7/8 inches (148.6 × 93.7 cm)
Framed: 64 3/4 × 42 5/8 × 1 inches (164.5 × 108.3 × 2.5 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Horace E. Dodge Memorial Fund
Accession Number 71.390
Department European Painting
On View Fashionable Living: S330, Level 3 (see map)
possibly 18th century, (Hôtel de Mortemart-Rochechouart, Paris, France);
possibly private collection (northern France);
Baron Roger Portalis (Paris, France);
by 1907, Eugen Kraemer [sic] (Paris, France);
May 5-6, 1913, Eugène Kraemer [sic] sale (Paris, France) lot 32;
by 1914, (Wildenstein with E. Gimpel, New York, New York, USA);
Judge Elbert H. Gary [d. 1927] (New York, New York, USA);
(Duveen Brothers, New York, New York, USA);
acquired by Anna Thomson Dodge (Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, USA);
June 25, 1971, sold by (Christie's, London, England) lot 6;
1971-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Portalis, Baron R. Scènes de la vie champêtre. Paris, 1902, pp. 20-21.

Foster, J.J., ed. French Art from Watteau to Prud'hon. London, 1905-07, vol. 3, p. 46.

Chardin-Fragonard. Exh. cat., Galerie Georges Petit. Paris, 1907, nos. 113-116.

Dayot, A. and L. Vaillat. L'oeuvre de J.-B.-S. Chardin et de J.-H. Fragonard. Paris, 1907, pp. 134-137, no. 136 (ill.).

Frantz, H. "The Chardin-Fragonard Exhibition." The International Studio 33 (1907-1908): pp. 25-35, p. 30 (ill.).

Fragonard. Exh. cat., E. Gimpel and Wildenstein and Co. New York, 1914, no. 24.

Apollinaire, G. Fragonard and the United States. Paris, 1914, pp. 14-21, p. 17 (ill.).

Mauclair, C. Un Tableau de Fragonard. Paris, p. 13.

"The Gary Fragonards." The American Art News 6 (December 8, 1917): p. 3.

Duveen, J. A Catalogue of Works of Art in the Collection of Anna Thomson Dodge, vol. 1. Detroit, 1939, (ill.).

Réau, L. Fragonard, sa vie et son oeuvre. Brussels, 1956, p. 172.

Wildenstein, G. The Paintings of Fragonard. London, 1960, p. 201, no. 39, p. 200 (ill.) (fig. 28).

La Coste-Messelière, M.G. de. "Anatomie d'une vente publique." L'Oeil (May 1971): pp. 27, 30.

Apollinaire on Art. New York, 1972, pp. 433-435.

"La chronique des arts." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 79 (January 1972): suppl., pp. 94-95 (figs. 334-337).

Wildenstein, D. and G. Mandel. L'opera completa di Fragonard, Milan, 1972, no. 35.

"La chronique des arts." Gazette des Beaux-Arts 79 (January 1972): pp. 94-95 (fig. 337).

Bulletin of the DIA: Annual Report 51, no. 1 (1972): pp. 7, 14 (ill.).

Davidson, R. "Museum Accessions." Antiques Magazine (March 1973): p. 441.

K.R. "Shorter Notices: Recent Museum Acquisitions." Burlington Magazine 115 (June 1973): pp. 393, 400 (fig. 72).

Paris – New York: A Continuing Romance. Exh. cat., Wildenstein and Co. New York 1977, p. 48, no. 37 (fig. 45).

Selected Works from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1979, p. 59, color pl. XV.

Sutton, D. "Selected Prefaces: IX. Jean-Honoré Fragonard: The World as Illusion." Apollo 125, new series 300 (February 1987): p. 104, pp. 102-113.

Fragonard. Exh. cat., Grand Palais and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paris and New York, 1987, pp. 40-45, cat. 1 (ill.).

Cuzin, J.-P. Jean-Honoré Fragonard: Life and Work. New York, 1988, pp. 28-30, 263, no. 14, (fig. 26).

Rosenberg, P. Tout l'oeuvre peint de Fragonard. Paris, 1989, no. 29.

Masterpieces from The Detroit Institute of Arts. Bunkamura Museum of Art, Municipal Museum of Art, and Museum of Modern Art. Tokyo, Kyoto, and Ibaraki, 1989, pp. 74, 213-214, cat. 42 (ill.).

Sheriff, Mary D. Fragonard: Art and Eroticism. Chicago, 1990, pp. 95-113, 116 (fig. 17).

Dell, T., et al. The Dodge Collection of Eighteenth-Century French and English Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. New York and Detroit, 1996, no. 64, pp 202-3, (ill.) p. 204.