BOISGIRARD-ANTONINI - Fragonard Revealed: La jeune fille au chapeau

Thursday 21 December 2023
On 21st December at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Boisgirard - Antonini auction house will unveil an a newly discovered work by the renowned painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard. With an estimate of €400,000 - 600,000, La Jeune fille au chapeau is an incredible discovery from the same collection as the Philosophe, discovered in 2021: that of Dominique Magaud (1722-1806), deputy to the Estates-General, justice of the piece, prosecutor for the king, and deputy of Puy de Dôme.
This discovery illustrates a fabulous history that makes it possible to reconstitute a collection, bring together paintings that have been separated since the late 19th century, and better understand the work of the artist and his relations with his patrons.

The attractive portrait shows a young woman wearing a wide-brimmed hat trimmed in pink that casts shadow on her eyes and half of her face without hiding her gaze. The artist uses an incredibly flexible and spirited technique here, showcasing his virtuosity. It is the same approach that he applied in several of his masterpieces as he was breaking away from the usual conventions to paint his “fantasy figures” series. One of these, kept at the Musée du Louvre, 1769, bears the inscription “painted in one hour’s time.”

This portrait features the oval shape that was fashionable in the 18th C. for artists such as Watteau, Chardin, and Boucher, leading up to artists at the end of the century. Views of interiors from that period show a number of examples bringing interest to hanging arrangements. Fragonard particularly appreciated the format, which characterizes nearly one-sixth of all his paintings and brings energy and vitality to his compositions.

Jean-Honoré FRAGONARD (1732-1806)
Jeune fille au chapeau, 1770-1775
Oval canvas
H. 52 cm — L. 42,5 cm
18th-century inscription on reverse of frame: "a R n°16 Fragonard"
Estimate: € 400,000 - 600,000

Auction - Hôtel Drouot - Room 4
Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 11:00 am

Public Exhibition - Hôtel Drouot - Room 4
Wednesday, December 20, 2023 from 11am - 6pm
Thursday, December 21, 2023 from 11am - 12pm