Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Dream of Love by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Here, as part of eighteenth century month on The Seduction of Venus, we have this  painting by Fragonard (1732-1806) called The Dream of Love.  Now, this blog is supposed to be about pictures of women having erotic encounters with others but we have stretched our definition here because there is no doubt that this young lady is dreaming of just that.  

This is a good example of Fragonard's loose, flowing brushwork, so different from his teacher Boucher's.  Probably painted in the 1760's it still carries a powerful erotic charge today.

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