Schekolda, Jean Honore Fragonard, 1777

Description of the picture:

Shekolda – Jean Honore Fragonard. 1777. Oil on canvas. 73×93   Jean Honore Fragonard (1732-1806) – a catchy representative of the French Rococo, whose work reflected the effeminately refined culture of the time.   “Latch” – one of the artist’s canvases, dedicated to the love activities of the gallant era. Love and romance were in fashion at the court, often making up the lifestyle of its idle representatives. The plot is simple and clear. A zealous lover seeks to push the latch, closing with his own chosen one in a room with a small chic bed. The charming woman, again in fashion and in accordance with the unwritten rules of love etiquette, feignedly stops him, as if caring for morality, but with her whole appearance indicates that extreme degree of love languor, from which an impatient young man is ready to lose his mind – and even forget about the unshackled latch."