Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fragonard's Women

I went to the Frick today to see the Whistler pastel show (his miniature scenes of Venice are awe-inspiring in their painstaking detail), and I stopped in my favorite drawing room decorated with Fragonard's panels of lovers and rotund putti. The rococo panels that illustrate two fresh-faced young lovers in various amorous poses constitute a series The Progress of Love depicting the progression of courtship in a lush garden setting painted in soft pastel hues. The rosy-cheeked lady as well as her gentleman suitor both have the most vibrantly glowing porcelain skin that connotes health and youthfulness. In fact Fragonard's women are known for (among other things) their flushed pearlescent complexions. Now, I have only ever approximated this kind of flawless visage after a brisk sledding excursion when I was 10 years old. However, the other night before I went out for cocktails I used a combination of Creme de la Mer The Radiant Infusion topped with a dusting of Korres Zea Mays Powder Blush in 16 Pink, and truthfully I achieved Fragonard-like complexion perfection for a whole evening.

photo credit Radiant Infusion: http://www.cremedelamer.com
photo credit blush: http://www.sephora.com
photo credit painting: Fragonard, The Lover Crowned, 1771-1773 .

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