Project 8: Using Parson’s schema describe your responses to a work

The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard


Fragonard Swing

I found this a somewhat difficult exercise. Although the different stages are clearly explained in Parson’s book, and he goes into great detail at each stage, there is, inevitably overlap between the stages and this is where the difficulty arises. Given that it is a psychological/sociological investigation of how we understand and appreciate art, the high level descriptions are clear, but the detail of just how any particular comment would fit into a specific category can be blurred. I kept thinking to myself “just where does this comment fit”. Having said that, I guess that was the whole point of the exercise – to make you think about how you are reacting to particular work.


My notes on this project can be found here: Swing


Following comments from my tutor I have made significant changes to this document. The revised version can be seen here: Project 8 The Swing Amended