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September 04, 2009

Love it? Art

"The Excavation of a Roman Ruin"

Just had to share this work by Jean Honoré Fragonard!
2 quick questions:
  1.  What do you think of it?
  2. How much money do you think this watercolor sold for at auction?
9 comments
Christine Walker said...

It's good, but not brilliant. Are those excavated Romans standing there in togas or statues or... ? I can't quite make it out. Probably sold for 650 thousand.

Paul Miller said...

I love it. It seems to post-date its time, having an almost Impressionist style. It is very dreamy.

Polonaise said...

I'm with Paul on this. The dreamy quality suits the idea of a ruin. I'm sure whatever it went for is a bit outside my budget. I'll say half a million. He's not as well known for his watercolors, so I'm thinking it would go for less than one of oils.

Lovin' Fragonard Friday! You've set a pretty high bar there.

Lesley said...

I was just about to say the style was impressionist but Paul beat me to it! :O) I like it too, especially for the atmospheric quality it has and I LOVE the way Fragonard painted trees. :)

Value... hmmmm..... lots! lol

Laurel Ann said...

I think it is lovey. I always admire artists who can work in watercolor. It is a wicked medium.

Sandra said...

Ooh, I love it!

Tulip said...

I do love it. Thank you, Lauren, for introducing me to Fragonard.

Lauren said...

@ Tulip:
No need to thank me! It would have happened sooner or later! :o)

Malena said...

I love it, Frognard is one of my favourite artists, but I do not regard it as one of his best. But I love how he used the watercolours in this, as stated above; it is very dreamy.

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