It is snowing in Auvergen already, but the weather in and around Paris is still mild.

So I will nevertheless post this Fragonard, L’hiver (Winter) from the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This is an early work (1755) and his manner is still very close to that of Boucher, though there is already Fragonard’s trademark sense of movement and ability to capture the moment.

Fragonard Winter Hiver

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18 Comments to “Winter…”

  1. Elisa says:

    Indeed we’re still dealing and digging out snow here the Washington, DC-Baltimore area. This one was for the record books! We’re not used to getting this much snow.
    I enjoy drinking hot chocolate and have a generous chocolate stash in my desk at work. :)

  2. Catherine Delors says:

    Penny, I somehow recognized you as the anonymous commenter…

    Carlyn, yes, the instant stuff is full of harmful chemicals while the real stuff is actually good for our health (scientifically proven too). So we can enjoy this wonderful stuff guilt-free!

  3. C Beccia says:

    beautiful painting. I once had a muff just like that one as a child.

    yes, instant hot chocolate is junk. In the US, They put hydrogenated (spelling?) oil in it. It amazes me that they(the evil chocolate people) can still get away with it when they have proven it does nasty stuff to your arteries. oh I feel a rant coming on…better go relax with my real cocoa.

  4. Penny says:

    Oh Catherine, I was so excited about being able to finally view your blog that somehow I missed signing my name. I was the one that was anonymous(accident) who thought they looked like they might freeze to death. But I loved colors.
    Your blog software hates me :-(

  5. Penny says:

    Oh Catherine, I was so excited about being able to finally view your blog that somehow I missed signing my name. I was the one that was anonymous(accident) who thought they looked like they might freeze to death. But I loved colors.

  6. Catherine Delors says:

    I am in London now and will find a moment to stop by the Wallace to refresh my memory!

    Helena, for unmanageable URLs, there’s Works great, and keeps track of the uses of each shortened URL. Very neat…

  7. Helena says:

    As Catherine says, it’s in the Wallace Collection – link to its entry in their database is here (incredibly long I’m afraid!):$

    Rich green, teal and blues is closer to the mark – blue/green in the middle and shading to a rich forest/dark green in the corners. You do see much murkier colours in reproductions, but they are probably from older photographs.

  8. Karin says:

    I would love to meet over a cup of something, indeed! (I might have to skip the hot chocolate if it has dairy — see my note to Richard — but tea? Coffee? I am in!)

    Stay warm! :)

  9. Karin says:

    Richard, I am allergic to dairy products, gluten, and some other things, too. I use only dark, not milk, chocolate and cashew milk instead. It still works for hot chocolate! It’s very difficult to have food allergies, though, and my empathy is with your daughter, for certain!

  10. Catherine Delors says:

    Tristan, The Swing is indeed in London, but fortunately in a museum: the wonderful Wallace Collection, home to many treasures of 18th century art. I would describe it as midway between vibrant and dusty. It has a wistful, melancholy feel, like Watteau’s scenes, but with a definitely libertine twist. Deal, I will shock you!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I love this blog because of the colors in
    the painting but it looks so sad as if they are all about to freeze to death.
    by the way where I used to live was last to recover from the American blackout of the21stcentury and last to be cleaned up. Now I live across from a major artery for NYC it has to be cleaned first from the snow.

    By the way, I like the blue you use for the background.

  12. Gorgeous painting – such movement and depth.

    I also love Fragonard’s “The Swing” … though I’ve only seen copies, never the original (which, I believe is in England in a private collection). I have seen it with rich green, teal, and blues – and I’ve seen it reproduced it dusty greys and dark lavenders and browns. Which is nearer to the original?

    Please! Shock me! I dare you!

  13. Catherine Delors says:

    Yes, Karin, if even the Riviera is under the snow, it is a cold, cold winter. Once you come back to Paris, we could meet over a cup of chocolate. My own favorite is Valentin, in the Passage Jouffroy.

    Richard, no chocolate for you, no milk for your daughter! My deepest sympathy to both of you…

    Felio, careful, I saw on the LACMA site it may not be on display right now. But there are many other things to see there. I love the Japanese Pavilion.

    Ah, yes, Helena, the Swing! I have to write a post on it one of these days, but wouldn’t want to offend my readers…

  14. Helena says:

    Gorgeous painting – and it makes an interesting comparison to the Boucher winter picture you posted a while back. There’s a similarity in the colour scheme of the clothes the figures are wearing – red and blue. But, as you say, Fragonard conveys a much stronger sense of movement, mostly with diagonal lines, as he does in my very favourite Fragonard, The Swing: “>,_The_Swing.jpg
    For hot chocolate, I like Charbonnel et Walker. I did also once try out a 17th century chocolate recipe which involved grating dark chocolate and mixing it with hot water, not milk. It turned out much thicker and richer than I expected!

  15. Felio Vasa says:

    Beautiful painting. I’ll have to go and check it out at LCMA. I still have some chocolate flakes from DeBauve & Gallais for my chocolat chaud!

  16. Richard says:

    I was just thinking, my poor daughter Genevieve is b/feeding her baby who has an allergy to cows milk. Now she can’t drink or eat anything made with milk or a milk by-product. One of the things she loved from her life in France was her daily chocolate intake. Chocolate crepes, chocolate for breakfast, choclate pastries, hot chocolate before bed…

    Poor baby!

  17. Richard says:

    Alas, I am at work. No chocolate for me.
    I enjoy your articles on art.


  18. Karin says:

    My friend and I make hot chocolate with pure chocolate bars, about 75% chocolate ones. It makes pretty rich stuff! But it is delicious.

    Thank you for the comment on my blog. I appreciate your visit there. :)

    And as for the snow in France, I am in the Côte d’Azur in the south in Antibes and it snowed a couple of inches today! Incredible! That does not happen often here. It is a chilly, hot chocolate day for sure. :)

    (an alien parisienne)

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