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The Swing
  • TitleThe Swing
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 37 x 47 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 62 x 71 x 12 cm
  • DatingMade 1729
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Nicolas Lancret, French, born 1690-01-22, dead 1743-09-14
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 843
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1866 from Kongl. Museum (1749 Tessin-Fredrik I)
  • Description
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    Lancret was perhaps the second most prominent painter of fêtes galantes after Watteau. They had both studied under Claude Gillot. As in Watteau’s, the people in Lancret’s works pursue merry delights in dreamlike gardens. Often these are frankly childish, such as swings. But the games could also take on an erotic undertone. Interplay between the figures was crucial, and several of the artist’s studies for this are extant.