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C O U R S E 
Sexing the Canvas: Art and Gender
Jeanette Hoorn, The University of Melbourne
C O U R S E   L E C T U R E 
Rococo Eroticism in 18th Century Popular Culture
Notes taken on May 2, 2017 by Edward Tanguay
Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1806)
a student of Boucher
successful career on his own
had an unofficial career
had joined the academy as a student
was never officially in the academy since he didn't submit the final work
was able to have a successful career outside of court circles
producing a number of prints for the print market
different market
accessible to a more middle class
Enlightenment writers and critics
concerned with moral integrity of society
vaguely sexualized paintings without any sort of ethical conclusion
prints were supposed to have narratives that could be understood by middle class audiences which may not understand the coded references in higher art
1778 The Armoire
can be encoded by various audiences
a bedroom scene
the armoire is the cupboard
lover on left-hand side
her angry parents on right
the bed is unmade, they have been in the bed
onlookers at the door to enjoy the action and drama and the scene
a little boy and little girl on the right who are learning from this scene
may not understand the full sexuality of the narrative
but understand that these two people have been caught doing something that the parents think they shouldn't have been doing
code: his hat
one hand holding onto the armoire
the other hand you can't see
hat is being held up not by a hand
yet the hat is on his head, so to say
remorse at being caught
you read from right to left to understand the scene
the rush of the parents
sexuality that has been consummated
then from left to right to interpret the scene
sexuality that has been reprimanded
the end of Rococo
French artists responding to more middle class values
but there are still references back to the coded, sexual or erotic motifs that also entertai elite viewers
and see a continuity from the early Rococo stages into its later stages about 10 years prior to the Revolution