I have loved this painting since I first viewed it at the National Gallery in Washington, DC as a young art student. Fragonard's rapid brushwork seems to capture the energy of this young woman's thoughts as she ventures into the realm of the mind. And for me, her rich yellow dress with the alizarin violet bow brings forth the colors of Spring.
Jean Honoré Fragonard
French, 1732 - 1806
Young Girl Reading
oil on canvas
overall: 81.1 x 64.8 cm (31 15/16 x 25 1/2 in.)
framed: 104.9 x 89.5 x 2.2 cm (41 5/16 x 35 1/4 x 7/8 in.)