The Sweetness of Life: Three 18th-Century French Paintings from the Frick Collection

The Sweetness of Life: Three 18th-Century French Paintings from the Frick Collection

François Boucher (French, 1703–1770), A Lady on Her Day Bed, 1743, Oil on canvas, Purchased by The Frick Collection, 1937

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Educator

Discover three 18th-century French paintings by Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Jean-Baptiste Greuze and François Boucher, on loan from The Frick Collection.

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Free with admission.
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Meets in Entrance Gallery
Please note that space is limited to 25 participants. Sign up at the Information Desk no later than 15 minutes prior to the tour.

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