The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of August 28, 2016

Invocation to Love, c. 1781

Brush and brown ink with graphite squaring lines and underdrawing on cream laid paper, 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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