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After studying with both François Boucher and Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, Fragonard won the Prix de Rome in 1752. When he returned to Paris in 1761, he was received into the French Academy as agréé (not a full member). Instead of pursuing a career as a painter of historical and religious works, he chose to focus on genre paintings. By the late 1760s, he had a large number of aristocratic clients who delighted in exquisitely crafted depictions of amorous themes. This portrayal of an elegantly dressed woman running from the gentleman in the distance, under beautiful skies in a verdant setting, exemplifies the works he painted for them.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French (Grasse 1732 - 1806 Paris)
Previously attributed to Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French (Grasse 1732 - 1806 Paris)
The Pre-Arranged Flight
Other Titles
Original Language Title: La fuite à dessein
Alternate Title: The Feigned Flight
Work Type
c. 1772-1773
Persistent Link
Level 2, Room 2220, European and American Art, 17th–19th century, Rococo and Neoclassicism in the Eighteenth Century
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
59.1 x 50.2 cm (23 1/4 x 19 3/4 in.)
framed: 82.2 x 73 x 10.3 cm (32 3/8 x 28 3/4 x 4 1/16 in.)
Possibly Turpin de Crissé collection, 18th century. Collection L'Homme, sold [Paris, March 24-25, 1834, lot 89 as "Le pied leger"]; to de Mentque. Prousteau de Montlouis, sold [through Hotel des Ventes, Paris, May 5-6, 1851, lot 63]; to M. Camille Marcille, sold [through Hotel Drouot, Paris, March 8-9, 1876, lot 27]; to Plach for Baron Albert de Rothschild, Vienna, by descent; to Baron Louis de Rothschild, Vienna. Comte V. Karolyi. Comte Sigismond de Berchtold. [Wildenstein, New York]; to Phyllis H. and Charles Dunlap, New York, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1975.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Phyllis H. Dunlap
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Catalogue de Tableaux des Écoles Italienne, Hollandaise, Flamande et Française...provenant du cabinet de M. L'Homme, auct. cat. (Paris, March 24-15, 1834), p. 20, lot 89

Catalogue d'une Collection de Tableaux..., auct. cat. (Paris, May 5-6, 1851)

Catalogue de Tableaux et Dessins formant la Collection de fru M. Camille Marcille, auct. cat. (Paris, March 8-9, 1876), p. 12, lot 27

Georges Duplessis, La collection de Camille Marcille, Gazette des Beaux-Arts (March 1876)

Gustave Bourcard, Dessins, Gouaches, Estampes, et Tabelaux du XVIIIe siècle, Damascène Morgand (Paris, 1893), p. 204

Virgile Josz, Fragonard: moeurs du XVIIIe siècle, Société du Mercure de France (Paris, 1901), p. 140

Pierre de Nolhac, J.-H. Fragonard, 1732-1806, Goupil & Cie and Manzi, Joyant & Cie (Paris, 1906), p. 122

Georges Wildenstein, The Paintings of Fragonard, Phaidon (London, 1960), p. 269, cat. no. 308, repr. as plate 59

Fragonard, exh. cat., Fondation Wildenstein and National Museum of Western Art (Paris, 1980), cat. no. 48, repr.

Jean-Pierre Cuzin, Jean-Honoré Fragonard: Vie et Oeuvre, Catalogue complet des peintures, Office du Livre (Switzerland, 1987), p. 310, no. 263, repr.

Pierre Rosenberg, Fragonard, exh. cat., Ministère de la Culture, Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux (Paris, 1988), p. 426, repr. as fig. 23

Pierre Rosenberg, Tout l'oeuvre peint de Fragonard, Flammarion (Paris, 1989), no. 230, repr.

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990)

J. Patrice Marandel, Three Masters of French Rococo: Boucher, Fragonard, Lancret, exh. cat., TG Concepts Inc. (Tokyo, 1990), pp. 82, 172, cat. no. 43, repr. p. 82

Eunice Williams, "Gens, Honorez Fragonard!": Works from the Collections of Harvard University and Harvard Friends, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1993), checklist no.12

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., "To Delight the Eye": French Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Charles E. Dunlap, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 2005), checklist no. 2, p. 11

Exhibition History

“Gens, Honorez Fragonard!”: Works from the Collection of Harvard University and Harvard Friends, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/15/1993 - 07/11/1993

"To Delight the Eye": French Drawings and Paintings from the Collection of Charles E. Dunlap, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/17/2005 - 03/12/2006

32Q: 2220 18th-19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050

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