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Jean-Honoré Fragonard was a prolific French painter and printmaker who worked in the late Rococo manner. He produced more than 550 paintings, only five of which were dated. While he produced a large number of works, only five are dated. Fortunately, this lack of attribution is an asset that helps collectors appreciate the artist. 

The artist was born in 1734 in Grasse. He first studied under Francois Boucher, a Rococo painter, but was rejected by him. After a few years, he met and married Marie-Anne Gerard, a sister of a friend. He became very fond of the sister and made her his "assistant." Her influence on his work is apparent in his many genre paintings.

His love for the Low Countries led him to visit the Netherlands and Italy, where he was influenced by the paintings of Rembrandt and Hals. His first major painting prize was 'Christ washing the feet of the apostles', which is now housed in the Grasse Cathedral. The painting was a major success and helped Fragonard land a lucrative job at the Academy of Fine Arts. He travelled to Rome to claim his prize and met Charles-Joseph Natoire, the head of the French Academy.

While a large number of his paintings are attributed to a certain period of time, many of them are simply snapshots of a specific time in Fragonard's life. Several paintings were produced during the eighteenth century, but the most famous are 'Le Troupeau', a 17th-century Nordic painting. L'Oiseau cheri and 'The Sun and the Moon', both of which are considered Rembrantesque compositions.

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