The Swing

Creation date
oil on canvas
37-3/4 x 35-1/2 in.
Credit line
Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Krannert
Accession number
Currently On View In
Norb and Ruth Schaefer, Sr. & Norb and Carolyn Schaefer Gallery - H212

The Swing once formed part of Lancret's best known decorative ensemble, a series of nine paintings commissioned for the Hôtel de Boullongne in Paris. In a type of decoration popularized by Watteau, these paintings were set into the carved and gilt woodwork of the room.  Each painting elaborated an aspect of "The Progress of Love."

The theme of the swing was common in 18th-century French painting and should be understood as a fairly explicit allusion to carnal love. The image of a woman swinging back and forth frequently carried with it a suggestion of female inconstancy.

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