Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806)
brush and brown wash over graphite, over squaring in graphite (underdrawing), Sheet: 33.50 x 41.60 cm (13 3/16 x 16 3/8 inches); Secondary Support: 37.60 x 47.80 cm (14 3/4 x 18 13/16 inches). Grace Rainey Rogers Fund 1943.657
This stunning drawing is one of numerous studies for a painting in a private collection in New York (see
photo). It focuses on a young woman-her billowing, disheveled drapery echoing her agitated mood-as
she rushes toward a statue of Eros placed atop a high round pedestal. She is presumably beseeching the god for aid in an amorous affair. Eros's blindfold and a small winged putto leaning nonchalantly on a globe allude to the uncertainty of love.