AS AN ARTIST, Fragonard was motivated in equal measure by the world around him and his fertile imagination. His art could be precisely descriptive, as in the landscape drawings he made as a student in Rome or in the precision with which he recorded the costumes and interiors of his aristocratic patrons. It was sometimes inspired by the fables of classical mythology or the epic poetry of Renaissance literature. Whatever Fragonard chose to depict, his brilliant technical prowess—much admired in his day, as now—shines through, whether in his paintings, drawings, or etchings. Excellent examples of Fragonard's work in all its variety and media are on view in the exhibition, providing an introduction to his most familiar subjects produced in the 1750s through the 1770s.