This painting by Jean-Honore Fragonard, shows a young man hiding in the bushes watching a woman behind pushed on a swing by another man. The woman is unaware of the man on the ground, as she lets herself go very high and him take a glimpse up her dress. She kicks off a shoe in the direct of a cupid statue. The style of Rococo is very profound in this painting. The bright colors are dimmed only a little bit near the background, showing evidence of chiaroscuro. Each of the people are very finely dressed and are surrounded in sculptures and bright plants. This type of painting was a target by the philosophers of the Enlightenment, who were demanding of a more serious form of art, not the frivolousness of Rococo.
Why This Artwork?
This painting was chosen to give another glimpse into the frivolity of the Rococo art, as well as more subject matter and portrayal.