The Bolt

The Bolt is a painting produced around 1778 by French artist Jean Honore Fragonard

A young man stands on tiptoe to reach the bolt (right hand) in order to detain his loved one. Most of the composition to the left includes many objects – movement of pillows, red draperies, the knocked-over chair, vase, roses and bed – unveil a sense of curiosity on what to come next. As per famous art historian Daniel Arasse, The Bolt is a stronger representation of power of love and desire from human, spiritual and physical verticals

The work can be viewed at Museum Louvre


ArtistJean Honore Fragonard
LocationMuseum Louvre
MediumOil on Canvas

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