The Swing After Fragonard
DIMENSIONS 31" x 23" MEDIUM archival pigment print
Limited edition of 50, 2014
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist
Here, Genieve Figgis reconsiders Fragonard's The Swing, widely regarded as a masterpiece of the French Rococo. This classic vignette of a lively afternoon in the countryside seems light-hearted, but the painting's backstory of a courtier seeking an artist to portray his mistress reveals a darker, more sexual side. Says Figgis, "I have always loved this Fragonard painting. It's fun and beautiful and takes you off to another time and place. I was thinking about the swing in relation to Evelyn Nesbit The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing, her connection to Stanford White and their tragic love triangle. History and all its stories are romanticized. It was a great excuse to make a painting that I wanted to experience with the knowledge of what came after."
Framing option is black painted wood, 1" wide flat face and 1.25" deep, with UV acrylic glass.