Artwork of the Week: April 5

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Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806), Blind-Man’s Buff, oil on canvas, about 1750–52. 46 x 36 in. Gallery 28B

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806), Blind-Man’s Buff, oil on canvas, about 1750–52. 46 x 36 in. Gallery 28B

In honor of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s birthday (April 5), we highlight his painting Blind-Man’s Buff.  It not only depicts youth in a light-hearted game of matchmaking, but also the playful deception of cheating, as often also seen in tricks played on April Fool’s Day. By peeking from beneath her blindfold, the girl in the painting would undoubtedly be able to choose any mate she wished instead of leaving the option to chance.


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