Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was born in Grasse, France, and early on was influenced by the art of François Boucher. Fragonard experimented with all the styles of the times: Baroque, Rococo and even Neo-classical and generally worked for private patrons. His Rococo style was marked by a focus on the playful and even the erotic while accentuating the joys of domesticity. Because of this focus on domesticity, cats were often included in his paintings and those of his protégé sister-in-law, Marguerite Gérard.
Fragonard produced more than 550 paintings in his life time. Unfortunately, in his later years his works were not as popular, and Jean Honoré Fragonard ended his artistic career working in the Louvre until his death in 1806.