Fragonard, a pupil of Chardin and of François Boucher, was a prolific painter. He gained the Prix de Rome in 1752 with a painting of "Jeroboam sacrificing to the Idols". Fragonard studied in Italy from 1756 to 1761; there he was particularly attentive to the works of Tiepolo.
In 1765 he became a member of the Academy. He painted gardens, erotic canvases (The Swing, 1766, Wallace Coll., London), children and family scenes. Among his masterpieces are the four canvases representing The Progress of Love (The Pursuit) 1771-73 (For Mme. du Barry, Louis XV's most beautiful mistress), A Young Girl Reading and Love Vow.
Well represented in the Louvre, the Wallace Collection in London, and the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, his work can also be seen in the museums of Washington, D.C., Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, and St. Louis. 
The four Fragonard Paintings for Madame Du Barry representing The Progress of Love.