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Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806)
“A Young Girl Reading” (1776)
Oil on canvas
Located in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, United States

The name of the sitter is unknown, though it could be Fragonard’s daughter who frequently worked as a model for him. X-ray photography has revealed that the canvas originally featured a different head looking towards the viewer, which Fragonard painted over. It is one in a series of quickly executed paintings by Fragonard featuring young girls, known as “figures de fantaisie.”