Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806)
brush and brown wash over graphite, over squaring in graphite, Sheet - h:33.50 w:41.60 cm (h:13 3/16 w:16 3/8 inches)
Secondary Support - h:37.60 w:47.80 cm (h:14 3/4 w:18 13/16 inches). Grace Rainey Rogers Fund 1943.657
Fragonard depicted love and courtship in garden settings in some of his most important works. While the narrative in this drawing is open to some interpretation, the woman clearly seems desperate for the aid of Cupid in some amorous affair. The depiction of Cupid with a blindfold suggests the uncertainty of love and has a long tradition in Western art.