We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Jean-Honore Fragonard's Psyche showing her sisters her gifts from Cupid (1753). This is what I call "French." The remarkable Jean-Honore died broke and forgotten, of course. Artists are supposed to do that.
Fantastic painting. It might be more accurately described as European, though France was the unquestioned epitome of European culture when the preternatually gifted Fragonard was at his pinacle. Artistically it is characterized as a product of the Rococco period's style in which Fragonard was exemplary.
Try to imagine Europe in the mid-18th century...in some ways it was more united than it is today and the powerful constituted a sort of elite extended family with court royalty moving from luxuriously appointed capital to country estate across the continent, and viewing, let alone contemplating, art like this was the perogative of the priveledged only ...and imagine how a person of that age might view the fantastic image of robust god-like characters, fleshy and pink in vitality and thinly veiled eroticism. This of course was long before they began to corrupt us with all their fruit fly science.
Great eye opener. Thanks for that.