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Bacchanales: The Satyr's Family

Bacchanales: The Satyr's Family

(French, 1732–1806)
Sheet: 18 x 24.5 cm (7 1/16 x 9 5/8 in.); Platemark: 14.5 x 21.4 cm (5 11/16 x 8 7/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Wildenstein 4
Location: not on view


Fragonard created these charming etchings shortly after returning from Italy, where he encountered similar Roman antiquities. Satyrs and nymphs frolic in this suite of playfully erotic scenes, which he conceived as low-relief sculptures on stone fragments nestled in the foliage of country gardens. The abundant vegetation—as well as the satyr and human children—symbolizes the wild fecundity of nature.
  • Mr. and Mrs. R. Stanley Johnson, Chicago
  • Artists and Amateurs: Etching in Eighteenth Century France. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (organizer) (October 1, 2013-January 5, 2014).
    Elegance and Intrigue: French Society in 18th-century Prints and Drawings. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 16-November 6, 2016).
  • {{cite web|title=Bacchanales: The Satyr's Family |url=false|author=Jean-Honoré Fragonard|year=1763|access-date=29 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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