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A Boy in a Red-lined Cloak

A Boy in a Red-lined Cloak

1780s
(French, 1732–1806)
Framed: 36 x 27 x 3.5 cm (14 3/16 x 10 5/8 x 1 3/8 in.); Unframed: 20.8 x 16 cm (8 3/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

Description

In the course of his long career, Fragonard produced more than 550 paintings. In this particular painting, the seventeenth-century costume, the brown palette, and his technique suggest that Fragonard is reflecting upon the work of Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt rather than his teacher François Boucher. While there is considerable evidence that the sitter is Alexander Evariste Fragonard, the artist's son, this identity has never been confirmed.
  • By 1860-1880
    Hippolyte Walferdin [1795-1880], Paris, France
    April 12-14, 1880
    (Sale: Hôtel Drouot, Paris, France, Walferdin sale, April 12-14, 1880, no. 4)
    1880-
    Comte Cahen d’Anvers, probably Edouard [1832-1894]
    Nicolas Ambatielos [1885-1956], London, England
    1905-1920
    (Wildenstein & Co., New York, NY)
    -1942
    Grace Rainey Rogers [1867-1943], New York, NY, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1942-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
    Provenance Footnotes
    1 1Walferdin was a prodigious collector of works by Fragonard, amassing approximately 80 paintings and over 700 drawings by the artist.  According to Wildenstein’s "The Paintings of Fragonard," the painting appeared in an exhibition at Galerie Martinet in 1860 (no. 146). The painting was likely listed as bein
    2 1Wildenstein acquired the painting in Paris in 1905.
  • Burty, Philippe. Catalogue de tableaux et dessins de l'école française, principalement du XVIIIe siècle, tirés de collections d'amateurs, et exposés au profit de la caisse de secours des artistes, peintres, sculpteurs, architectes et dessinateurs. Paris: [Impr. de J. Claye], 1860. Cat. no. 146
    W. Burger (Thore), "Exposition de tableaux de l'ecole francaise ancienne tires de collections d'amateurs," Gazette des Beaux-Arts, VII (1860).
    Hôtel Drouot. Tableaux et dessins de l'école française. 1880. no. 4
    Portalis, Roger, "La Collection Walferdin et ses Fragonards," Gazette des Beaux-Arts, XXI, series 2 (1880). 321
    Nolhac, Pierre de. J.-H. Fragonard, 1732-1806. Paris: Goupil, 1906. II, 114
    Francis, Henry S. “Paintings in the Rogers Gift.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 29, no. 4 (1942). p. 47 www.jstor.org
    Goncourt, Edmond de, and Jules de Goncourt. French XVIII Century Painters. New York: Phaidon, 1948. p. V
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art Handbook. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1958. Mentioned and Reproduced: cat. no. 485 archive.org
    Fragonard, Jean-Honoré, and Georges Wildenstein. The Paintings of Fragonard. New York: Phaidon, 1960. no. 515, p. 316
    Saisselin, Rémy G. Style, Truth, and the Portrait. [Cleveland]: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1963. cat. no. 60
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1966. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1966. Reproduced: p. 141 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1969. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1969. Reproduced: p. 141 archive.org
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art/1978. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978. Reproduced: p. 186 archive.org
    Harsányi, Zoltán, and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Fragonard. Budapest: Corvina, 1981. plate 34
    The Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art Catalogue of Paintings, Part 3: European Paintings of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries. Cleveland, OH: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1982. Reproduced: p. 70; Mentioned: p. 71
    Cleveland Museum of Art. European Paintings of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries. 1982. pp. 69-71, cat. no. 30, repr. p. 70
    Cuzin, Jean Pierre. Jean-Honoré Fragonard: Life and Work : Complete Catalogue of the Oil Paintings. New York: Abrams, 1988. p. 230, fig. 287; p. 334, cat. no. 384
    Portalis, Roger. Honoré Fragonard, sa vie et son oeuvre. Paris: J. Rothschild, 1889
    Rosenberg, Pierre. Tout l'œuvre peint de Fragonard. Paris: Flammarion, 1989.
    Portalis, Roger, and J. Rothschild. Honoré Fragonard: sa vie et son oeuvre. 1889. p. 281
    Alan Chong, letter to Colin B. Bailey, Feb. 3, 1994, in CMA curatorial file.
    Joseph Baillio, email to Victoria Sears Goldman, Feb. 18, 2014, in CMA curatorial file.
  • Portraiture: The Image of the Individual. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 22, 1983-January 22, 1984).
    Tableux et dessins de l' école française, prinipalement du XVIIIe siècle, tirées de collections d'amateurs et exposés au profit de la caisse de secours des artistes, peintres, scupteurs, architectes et dessinateurs, Paris, France (1860).
    Style, Truth and the Portrait. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (October 1-November 19, 1963).
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