The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 24, 2016

Invocation to Love, c. 1781

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.

secondary support, lower right, in graphite: 62 [L?]3; verso of secondary support, center left, in graphite: Salon

Montreal 1950, 15, no. 73; cma 1958-59; Rotterdam et al. 1958-60, 54, no. 51, pl. 60 [no. 51, pl. 67, French ed; 53-54, no. 51, pl. 60, English ed.]; cma 1959-60a; cma 1961a; Los Angeles 1961, 60, no. 46; Toronto et al. 1972-73, 159-60, no. 50; Providence 1975, 174-75, no. 56 (repr.); Washington et al. 1978-79, 12, 128-29, no. 50; Tokyo/Kyoto 1980, 77, no. 156; cma 1981c; cma 1982a; cma 1982-83b; Paris/New York 1988, 544-46, no. 282; cma 1989c; cma 1991e; Los Angeles et al. 1993-94, 156-57, no. 22 (repr.); cma 1994-95.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (8/27/00 - 10/17/00); NY, NY: The Pierpont Morgan Library (5/24/01- 8/19/01); Museum of Fine Arts Houston (10/14/01 - 1/6/02); "Master Drawings from The Cleveland Museum of Art", exh. cat. no. 47, pp.122-123; p.289-290.
J. Paul Getty Museum (organizer). Sterling and Francine Clark Art Insitiute, Willianstown, MA (10/28/2007 - 1/21/2008): "Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Pictures of Love"
CMA, "Treasures on Paper from the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art" (Mar. 9, 2014-Jun. 8, 2014)

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