• Title: The Joys of Motherhood
  • Date Created: about 1752
  • Type: oil paintings
  • Rights: Gift of Mrs. Herman C. Krannert
  • External Link: http://www.imamuseum.org/mercury/load-artwork/23851
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • wall label: The Joys of Motherhood was done toward the end of Fragonard's apprenticeship with Boucher, whose scenes of pastoral life it emulates. The cheerful color, nostalgic atmosphere, bucolic landscape and serenely beautiful barefoot woman epitomize the virtues of maternity and embody the Enlightenment ideal of natural morality. Such scenes of happy motherhood were extremely popular in 18th-century France and reflect the idealization of country life found in the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
  • measurements: 57 x 38 1/2 in.
  • Artist: Fragonard, Jean-Honoré

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