Fragonard’s La Giambetta

Who is this lady and when was she painted?  I can’t quite find out.  “La gambette” is the familiar word for leg in French.  La Giambetta = leggy girl?  

She is an alabaster wonder, perhaps the unachievable female standard in paleness for the time.  Fragonard, in particular, paints skin in the prettiest style and his use of light, white rather than golden, complements the lady.   The salmon-pink background also appears to be a sensual allusion to the way skin flushes and gives the impression of skin, all around.  Very appropriate for the boudoir, I think!



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