Tune In to Fragonard's Bourgoise Bluff

Take an audio tour of the Rococo master's 'Blind Man's Bluff'

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Blind-Mans Buff (1750/1752) by Jean-Honore FragonardThe Toledo Museum of Art

Fragonard (Detail 1)
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Love is blind. Do you believe that?

Fragonard (Detail 2)
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"Blind Man's Bluff" is just another excuse for courtship. The blindfolded girl is about to fall off the step, but her lover is ready to come to the rescue. Romantic stories of the countryside were very popular amongst the 18th Century aristocracy. 

Fragonard (Detail 3)
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Even nature follows the lovers' emotions. The luxuriant blossoming of springflowers imitates the love inflaming their cheeks.

Fragonard (Detail 4)
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Differently from Baroque, in Rococo paintings, worldly elements replace mythological themes. Instead of cherubs, we find ordinary children. 

Fragonard (Detail 5)
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Have you seen the eye peeking out of the blindfold? Don't tell him she's cheating! The girl is maybe more in control than she seems. The lightness and frivolity shows a way of bourgoise life that, by the end of the century, would be drastically changed by Revolution.

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